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    Default How to repair a hole in your boat.

    I posted this information in the early spring you may find the information useful before going out hunting.

    When you hit a rock the rocks always win, if youíre lucky you will have very little damage if you do end up with a hole in your boat and need to repair the hole to get home what can you use? I did not think about what it would take to patch a hole in the field until a friend put a hole in there boat, I talked to difference boat shops and made a list of what a person needs.

    If you need a patch thin Aluminum like pop cans or Aluminum roofing can be cut with a scissors or knife. Putting the shield on the outside would be the best, for some reason itís not possible do what you can. Youíre not going any where until you stop the boat from leaking or slow it down so your bilge pumps can keep up. Run the boat on shore, cut trees to make a crib, and a pry bar to lift the boat, or dig a trench under the boat or work under water, do what ever you need to get home.

    The list is in no special order of importance.
    Z-Spar putty. Comes in various sized containers, is a 2 part putty, mixed (kneaded) in moist hands like dough to a uniform color. Can be applied to an active leak, smeared in place, likes it wet, works under water, can be applied submerged, it doesn't care and it works.
    Marine-tex.
    z-spar putty ½ gal $60 the commercial fishing industry its called "Splash Zone".
    Tapered wooden plugs, something along the lines of these. http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...1080&langId=-1
    A Nerf football will work. Here's a similar product. http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...5901&langId=-1

    Henry's 208 wet patch,,http://www.henry.com/sealants/roof_m...atchroofcement

    Shoe Glue }
    Goo } all slow drying and I do not think they will a hear to a wet surface.
    GE Silicone II }
    *Toilet ring wax this is what I carry and it very cheep.
    Tacky Tape (Camper Supply)
    Gorilla Duct Tape
    *Large washer

    *Self tapping screws, sheet metal screws, sheet rock screws, long screws/bolts.
    Fiberglass webbing or window screen
    *Pop cans or Alum roofing
    *3-ea road flares, signal other boat you need help
    * Item I carry

    You may need some special tools like a:
    Battery power drill and bits.
    Pop rivet and tools
    Hammer

    Glove
    Specula

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    Awesome post sir!

    For big boats, in rocky rivers, a long way from home, consider bringing a ready welder and a small argon bottle.

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    The was toilet ring is something I would have never thought of, I'm going to get one for our little boat today!

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    Good subject. Best not to overthink it tho. Pop cans, portable welders, jams, jellies, pastes, are all fine for fixing pin-hole leaks while in your driveway, on the trailer. Whether at sea or on a river, if you HIT a ROCK with your boat, you now have a HOLE in your hull. Think of this as an emergency medical situation for your boat (it is). Your boat has a gaping gash. This is no time for little plastic bandaids or glue. You want to apply direct pressure to the wound and stop the hemmoraging....

    Gather some scraps of half inch plywood. Cut squares of plywood about a foot or so square. Pair up these plywood squares and drill a hole for a 3/8 to 1/2 inch bolt (or two) in the center. Shove a bolt through the hole(s) with appropriate washers and nuts (wing nuts work great). Build a couple sets of these and stow them somewhere in you boat. If you have an emergency need to patch a hole in your hull, grab one or several of your ready made clamp patches, slap one board on the outside of your hull and the other on the inside of your hull. Spin the nuts down tight. You can further pack this patch with rags, t-shirts, underwear, whatever, as necessary... Head for safe harbor.

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    I've run the upper rivers all my life and ripped out more transoms, and put more holes in a boat than a person should have a right to do, lol.

    One time a buddy of mine was up there with me and he ripped a two foot long seam out of the transom and it was going down fast, got it to shore and was cussing like the madman he is, lol,.

    Calmed him down some, lol, then we unloaded the boat, dragged it out of the water and flipped it over,( 24' boat ) Looked like a can opener cut it open.

    No tools for forming a patch ( we always winged it back in those days) so we sat there for the night ( had a bottle of everclear and decided to open it and make up some snapps, was supposed to be for the moose celebration)

    Through the night we had a hole lot of ideas, lol, but the one that came up in the morning was there was alot of wet socks hanging on lines and we took them and stuffed them in the hole then took a rock and beat them in tight.

    ( I should say we did get a moose that night )

    That boat did'nt leak 5 gallons for the 100 miles down river trip with the load. ( Its just a good thing he did'nt hit another rock, lol)

    ( I should say I was following him in my 24 footer so he was not by himself, I had got my moose a couple days earlier than he did so we were both loaded )

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    That boat did'nt leak 5 gallons for the 100 miles down river trip with the load. ( Its just a good thing he did'nt hit another rock, lol)( I should say I was following him in my 24 footer so he was not by himself, I had got my moose a couple days earlier than he did so we were both loaded )[/QUOTE]Not to be an ass, but I have a whole bunch of ideas on How to fix "your" boat providing I am following you in mine.

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    I carry 2 part plumbers epoxy and soda cans... Plumbers epoxy will harden underwater and for larger holes you can use parts of the cans along with it.

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    A guide buddy of mine just pointed out to me this weekend that stuffing parts of neoprene gloves in the hole and pounding it shut is a great fix in the field.
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