Leaky Boat

Discussion in 'Boating' started by billNpam, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. billNpam

    billNpam Active Member

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    I have a Tracker TX 17 Boat. Here lately been having water intrusion through some rivets in the bottom of the boat. I cannot replace these with out tearing half the boat apart. What sort of sealer do you recommend
     
  2. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

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    there is a sealant at lowes that will work great. i forgot the name of it but it was designed to be used on sheet metal roofing to keep the screws from leaking. i think that ought to work pretty well for you.
     

  3. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Bill,
    If you know which rivets are the ones causing the leak try some Loctite 290. It is a wicking product that is used to seal/lock nuts and bolts after they are done up tight. It penetrates into the tiniest of spaces. I have used it to seal porosities in castings and other difficult sealing problems. Might work for you...W
     
  4. jim

    jim New Member

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    Leaking rivets are NO problem.The difficulty is in making sure you have an even number.If you have 2 rivets leaking then you have to have 2 rivets to let the water out.Always keep the number even and the water cant rise in your boat!!!!!!:smile2::big_smile:
     
  5. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Jim,
    You are a genius:roll_eyes:...W
     
  6. jim

    jim New Member

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    Thanks Winston,I was pretty much already aware of that, but it's nice to see others appreciate my gift!!!!!:big_smile::smile2::wink:I would be remiss to let others think this talent is fixed in only one member of my family however.I must give partial, if minute credit to my son,who observing my consternation one day, at not being unable to detect a small leak in the family boat,advised me not to worry about and just drill a small hole to let the water out.See it does run in the family.He is currently a 1st Sgt with an Army unit in Iraq and cant come home until he understands that I am the family comedian not him.:big_smile::smile2::wink::roll_eyes:
     
  7. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

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    If you dont care how it looks ...I bought some caulking called GEOCELL for my canoe.It looks like hell but it has not leaked a drop in three years.I got it given to me by a cousin inlaw dad ,he bought it new in 1974 so this ole girl has been around and I intend to use it until I cant fix it or it is dangerous.
     

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  8. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    if you do care about how the outside looks, try the same thing only on the inside. Or you can line the entire inside with some other kind of sealant.
     
  9. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    I used to build swimming pools, and I had to paint said pools from time to time. Well naturally some of that really good epoxy pool paint followed me home. I have used it on numerous applications, and it has worked out just fine. You can even get in different colors.LOL Hope this helps, I think I even gained some speed on one boat I had.
    Later Andy
     
  10. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    i've used JB weld for holes from one inch to leaky rivets in alluminum boat. holds good too and cheap. Erif f another member here, tried it on his tracker and stopped every leak he could find. still has a few small ones, but hasn't located them yet.
    gary
     
  11. bobs bait

    bobs bait New Member

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    hey i have several large 500 to 1000 gal tanks to keep bait made homemade filters i went to a marine supply dealer and bought some 3 m sealant for underwater use works great but is costly about 10 dollars a tube but it does work comes in clear hope this helps bob
     
  12. outoftheboat

    outoftheboat Active Member

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    I have the same boat and the same problem. I have to run the bilge pump every 20 min. It's the middle seam that seems to be the biggest problem.
     
  13. Duckpoor

    Duckpoor New Member

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    Have had the same issue with leaking rivets under the floor before.
    We found the Bad guys (2) by putting water in the boat in the driveway... drips were easy to find.
    Used an 1 1/2 hole saw right above the offenders and tightned them with a Hammer, punch and a backer.
    Two licks with a hammer and Punch and the problem was solved.
    Found some little vent hole plugs.. with a grating on them that fit the hole perfect.
    Ya never even notice them when they are in place.

    Something to think about.
     
  14. Pirate Jerry

    Pirate Jerry New Member

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    I had a Tracker pro 17 deep V and after a couple of years started getting a little water in the boat. f you find a loose rivet drill it out and replace with a GOOP covered pop rivet, then dab a little more GOOP on it. If you can't find the loose rivet put a little water in the boat with it on a trailer and watch for dark spots around the rivets, then seal'em with GOOP. worked for me...
     
  15. hookman571

    hookman571 New Member

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    BOAT US SELLS A SEALENT PAINT MADE FOR ALUMINUM BOATS OR HAVE YOUR FLOOR SPRAYED WITH RINO LINER OR GO TO WAL-MART AND BUY A GALLON OF BED LINER PAINT. IT'S IN THEIR AUTO DEPARTMENT. I USED IT ON THE BOTTOM OF MY PLYWOOD FLOOR TO SEAL IT. IT WORKS GREAT. HOPE THIS HELPS.
     
  16. outoftheboat

    outoftheboat Active Member

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    My boat is so bad the whole thing needs to be GOOPED. It's really bad
     
  17. br7874884

    br7874884 New Member

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    id give patching it with fiberglass a try, you scuff the metal real good. brush on some resin. throw sown about 3 layers of wet mat, roll it out real good. i think it would be better than filling with something that will stay nasty. like calk. i have used finerglass on wuit a bit of metal it will be alot stronger than you think. im pretty you get the stuff at walmart. or autozone. make sure you catalize the resin though or it will never kick off
     
  18. oh no

    oh no New Member

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    My Roughneck 1960 had a major leak and I was going nuts trying to find it. Turned out my livewell had cracks in it. Its part of that center console . I cleaned the allumin real good and goobered on the RTV. The 100% silicone stuff. It stoped the leak and flexes with the movement of that center console. The center consoles on Lowes leave something to be desired, they seem to flex.

    I know I should buy a better built boat, but I have not had this one long enough. Maybe in a few years I'll get a new boat.