a little leak
Posted by: soartow on Sep-21-13 4:16 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
I have noticed a little leak that seems to be coming from the seat rivets. Any suggestions? The Wenona 18' has gel coat with minor cracks, and some minor bottom scrapes. Otherwise it's in good shape.
The boat didn't leak at all new, but it is now about 10 years old, and is being used "again" after a hiatus.
Can I seal around the rivets? Could the leaks be from the minor gel coat cracks? What would be the best seal?
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Maybe the rivet holes in the hull|
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-21-13 5:23 PM (EST)
have become enlarged. The most penetrating sealant I know of would be Seamgrip, the stuff that's used for sealing tent seams. It penetrates and remains flexible. Its cousin, Aquaseal, can be thinned with Cotol and used similarly.
If it was me and I was absolutely......|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-21-13 6:41 PM (EST)
sure the water was coming in through the rivits, I would drill them out and put new large head ones back in with a tad of sealant as you rivet it.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Sep-21-13 9:36 PM (EST)
Seat rivets do get loose with age. Aluminum under load does stretch a bit. If the metal was hardened enough to hold its shape you could never set them with a rivet tool cause they would not expand. Drill them out like Jack suggests and replace them. And like he says use the large headed ones that Wenonah uses, not the small headed ones.
a little leak|
Posted by: soartow on Sep-25-13 8:57 PM (EST)
Thanks for the suggestions! I will try them all. Our local lake gets pretty windy, and the chop does splash up. If we have 4 adults in, then everyone gets all excited and leans and maybe the water does reach the rivet holes. I just can't control these enthusiasts! Makes it hard to steer, too ... Any suggestions for those problems????
Epoxy them to their seats !!!|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-26-13 6:42 AM (EST)
Cognitive dissonance |
Posted by: rival51 on Sep-27-13 11:28 PM (EST)
From the original post mentioning a Wenonah 18 I had my old Wenonah Jensen 18' in mind. And then there are 4 excited adults out on a windy lake. No leak there - the water is coming in through the big hole in the top of the submarine.
duct tape or|
Posted by: franknc on Sep-28-13 8:07 PM (EST)
stickers or electrical tape will work over the rivets on the outside of the boat. If you are like me this type of repair will work for a couple seasons until you get around to finding the right rivets and the rivet gun.
Agree w/ Rival51|
Posted by: CEWilson on Sep-30-13 7:56 AM (EST)