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mike bregenzer

repairing a leaky hull

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I have a 17ft aluminum canoe that is taking on 2-3 inches of water every hour to hour and a half and would like some "best fix" recommendations. thanks.

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are there holes in the hull or are the leaks coming through thr rivets?

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coming through the rivets and based on the rate that it is coming through, i would say that the majority of them have started to loosen.

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Fill your boat with water to make sure its the rivets first.I found some great paint on sealer that has worked on a alum. boat for 3 years now,I just found the old can two days ago and I'll post name after I get to that garage later today.

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A friend of mine has repaired many canoes and boats by drilling out the bad rivets and adding a little bit of cylacone and then re-riveting. He says it has worked every time.

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The guys at Northwest Canoe Company in St.Paul would be my first call for any canoe repair. I have thwart issues with my Penobscot and they were eager to help me out. They had great advice and reasonable rates on everything they recommended.

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ULTIMA At Menards about 8 bucks a quart.Worked great for me.

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is that a glue, liquid, caulk ? If it works I'd like to check it out further - thanks

ahhh - just reread the post - "quart" so that answers my question - grin

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