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Just wondering if it is worth welding the ribs on a boat that is riveted? Or would that be a waste of time and money. The search feature much reveal
on this subject. So who's brains are the best to pick Ifisher brains of course. Thanks for any help


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I don't belive you can do this. They use a sealant between the layers of alum and then rivet it. Selaant is what makes it water tight. You would contaminate the weld with the sealant if you tried and melt the sealant out out of the joint. I think you would end up with a leaky mess. :shocked:

PS- I have a Starcraft and though about this too! :grin:
 

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MBH would this also be the case if I tried to have the box in the middle welded to the sides.
That is my biggest concern because that is alot of support and it's starting to pull away from the sides they also flex a little more now that the box is pulled away. Any ideas?
 

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A lot of riveted boats are only .050" thick, which is why they're riveted. Too thin to weld. And the sealant that Miss B described is another issue. It doesn't take much to contaminate a weld.
 

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Just Rhino Line that puppy!!! :grin:
 
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Don't weld on a riveted boat. The rivets are designed to give some flex to the hull. If it's leaking get the tools and reset the rivets.
 

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rhino line :whazzup: :hoboy: i would do what Keta said try and reset the rivets Good Luck

[ 06-13-2003, 08:54 PM: Message edited by: Quick Fisher ]
 

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I own a riveted sled which gets used very often, and as a result it takes a beating. When the leaks get too bad, like every three years or so I take it to SmokerCraft in Stayton and for about 80.00 they gut it, tighten every rivet and put it all back together again. And it takes them no time at all to do it!! I think it would take me days at least. Anyway, it is money well spent IMO.
 
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