Boat Repair

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hunters96
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Post by hunters96 » 18 Jan 2015, 18:36

Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and to start things off I recently bought 2 flat bottom aluminum boats a 12 ft and a 10 ft for a pretty reasonable price. The 12 ft has a dent in it, and it was from a wind storm as the previous owner tells me, I'm just wondering if i can fix this dent and if so how, or if its even worth trying to fix it. Thanks in advance!
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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 18 Jan 2015, 20:57

I would remove the gunnel, straighten the hull, straighten the gunnel then try to get the gunnel back on.
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Attwanl
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Post by Attwanl » 20 Jan 2015, 07:39

It depends to what degree you want fix it
I would get 3-4 buddies to sit sideways put your feet against the gunnels and push it back out.
It won't be perfect by any means but again it depends to what degree you want to fix it

Removing the gunnels, straighten out the sides and fixing the gunnels would be the best way to fix it. But a lot work.

I'd check for leaks and loose rivets afterwards....pushing, pulling and flexing can make seams leak or rivets get loose.
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hunters96
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Post by hunters96 » 28 Jan 2015, 14:49

If possible i would like for it to look... well normal again. But again i dont know if that would be possible. If i were to remove the gunnels and try to straighten it out how would i go about doing so? this is my first boat and i dont really know a whole lot about them. My big quesiton is, i know its all riveted in, so how would i remove the rivets, then take the gunnels out and then put it all back in the boat?

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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 29 Jan 2015, 11:07

Drill the rivets out and cut any welds at the bow and stern.
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hunters96
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Post by hunters96 » 29 Jan 2015, 11:42

How would I put it back together again when I get it straightened out to my likings?

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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 29 Jan 2015, 12:59

Re-revit and re-weld.
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Post by lswoody » 31 Jan 2015, 13:33

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:Drill the rivets out and cut any welds at the bow and stern.
Be sure to get a qualified welder to re-weld it.

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Post by cliff58 » 02 Feb 2015, 03:08

My boat had a single dent in the gunwale right at the oarlock, I leaned the boat on a tree with the dented area flat on the ground and started stomping on the gunwale. The ground stopped me from going too far and I have to look closely to tell that it's still a hair off. One day I'll get rid of that hair too.

You would have to lean it up on a wall, put stuff under the stern until the middle bench and the front corner are on the ground, stomp the 2 most bent places, bang out the kink in the front seat as you go, and just do it slowly and look at the results of each stomp before you do it again. Might need something under the bench and the bow or dig out under the dents in the end to get the curve back in the side. Just take your time, aluminum does bend easy.

That will get it close enough so that what little imperfection is left can be considered "battle scars" or "character". :lol:

Here is the dented side of my boat so you can see how it works

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