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    Thanks everyone for the tips. Will put some to use and see how she goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    Often times you can't get at a leaking rivet with a hammer and backing mall because its under a seat or bracket. The simplest fix by far is a two part epoxy. As the old phart from east of the Soo says, put it up on sawhorses and slowly add water. Watch which rivets drip then mark'em with a black (or pink if you prefer) marker pen. Buff and clean them up with a wire brass wheel and apply the epoxy. I bought G/flex from Thunder Bay and it was utterly amazing stuff. It was liquid enough to drip on a rivet then it actually seeped through to coat both inside and outside of the rivet. I worked on a boat about 8 years ago, its sits outside in the snow every winter and still doesn't leak one drop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    As the old phart from east of the Soo says, put it up on sawhorses and slowly add water.
    Hey, I resemble that remark!
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    Ok so i figure i will give everyone an update in case someone else finds themselves in a similar situation. To recap, that is with a crappy leaky old aluminum boat and no idea what to do.

    So my neighbour and I spent about 15-20 hours sanding the whole this down. Mainly because there was lots of residue from old caulking all over most of the rivets and i wanted to get rid of all the old stuff.

    Used something similar to this https://www.amazon.ca/3M-9099DCNA-La...7W1FBEY02CMNEM

    So once that was done I bought West System G Flex epoxy. These two little bottles was enough to cover all the rivets on a 12' boat with about 1/5th remaining in the bottle. I applied it very liberally, meaning i certainly wasted plenty and could have done a bigger boat if i cared about it dripping down and wastage. https://www.westsystem.com/specialty...ughened-epoxy/

    So after all this I bought a used 4-5 year old 6Hp Suzuki and it doesn't go fast but gets me out fishing. Will likely paint it camo and install a blind with a sort of custom metal pole system - something like this https://files.osgnetworks.tv/8/files...to_blind_F.jpg and use it for waterfowl as well to access places further than my canoe.

    Also a fun fact, for someone that has never boated before in a small aluminum, a 12' boat with only one person in the back with a small motor and 12l external tank is terrible. You point right at the sky if you want to have any speed at all. With a passenger in the front no issue and rides level. So for me i put two cinder blocks in the front and I am gtg!

    TLDR - got boat, sanded boat, epoxed boat and embarked on my maiden voyage with the SS s-box.
    Last edited by CDN008; June 21st, 2020 at 08:45 PM.

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    Sounds great, add some pics if you can
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDN008 View Post
    Ok so i figure i will give everyone an update in case someone else finds themselves in a similar situation. To recap, that is with a crappy leaky old aluminum boat and no idea what to do.

    So my neighbour and I spent about 15-20 hours sanding the whole this down. Mainly because there was lots of residue from old caulking all over most of the rivets and i wanted to get rid of all the old stuff.

    Used something similar to this https://www.amazon.ca/3M-9099DCNA-La...7W1FBEY02CMNEM

    So once that was done I bought West System G Flex epoxy. These two little bottles was enough to cover all the rivets on a 12' boat with about 1/5th remaining in the bottle. I applied it very liberally, meaning i certainly wasted plenty and could have done a bigger boat if i cared about it dripping down and wastage. https://www.westsystem.com/specialty...ughened-epoxy/

    So after all this I bought a used 4-5 year old 6Hp Suzuki and it doesn't go fast but gets me out fishing. Will likely paint it camo and install a blind with a sort of custom metal pole system - something like this https://files.osgnetworks.tv/8/files...to_blind_F.jpg and use it for waterfowl as well to access places further than my canoe.

    Also a fun fact, for someone that has never boated before in a small aluminum, a 12' boat with only one person in the back with a small motor and 12l external tank is terrible. You point right at the sky if you want to have any speed at all. With a passenger in the front no issue and rides level. So for me i put two cinder blocks in the front and I am gtg!

    TLDR - got boat, sanded boat, epoxed boat and embarked on my maiden voyage with the SS s-box.
    Thanks for giving an update on the story! I wish there were more folks doing that. We get so many people who pop on here with questions, they get a ton of answers and suggestions, then we never hear from them again? As fratri say's, let's see some pics. Enjoy your new boat!
    Although care has been taken in preparing the information contained in the above post, the author does not and cannot guarantee its accuracy. All rights reserved.

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