Riveted boat leaks
I have a Hewes River runner, mid 80's, taking on water and I suspect it is leaking past the rivets. Any suggestions or tips for tightening the rivets or sealing the hull? I plan on pulling the floor boards to replace the styrofoam anyways. I am getting quite a bit of water, the bilge pump will kick on every 15-30 min when on step. Thanks for any help.....
At that rate you have either a lot of leaky rivets....or you are missing one or three.
I'd get those boards out...put her in the water and then get a better idea of what areas are worse.
Tightening rivets is loud but pretty easy. Get a rivet tool (pneumatic or by hammer) and have someone hold a three pound hammer on the other side of the rivet...tap tap tap...move to the next one...and repeat.
My lund had such issues that I ended up replacing a half a strake and about 40 rivets. Those didn't leak, but the others (especially beneath the seats) did. I didn't want to rip out my seats for an old hull so I bought a gallon of Gluv It (100 bucks or so) and painted it on the bottom. It ain't pretty but it's indestructible (it's a two part epoxy basically) and now ti doesn't leak a drop, and the slick surface it created gave me 3 mph back. (it was an old set net boat so it was pretty beat to start with)
Either way, you've got an issue and had best look into it. I stood in ankle deep water in mine for about three years til i bit the bullet and painted her up...and am glad I did.
Gluv it? A bottom paint you can get at a marine store?
I also have a mid-80's River Runner. A few years ago it developed a leak similar to what you describe. I located the leak by running the garden hose into the boat while it was on the trailer. Once located, I took the boat down to the Boat Shop here in Fbks and they installed a new rivet. Its been good as new since.
Originally Posted by kkivie
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