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The company I work for makes, among other things, naval gunnery targets - basically radio-controlled boats at 1:1 scale. They're made of aluminium specifically because it's easy to patch up a string of .50-cal holes . I think our guys weld the patches on (I'm a software weenie on the more sophisticated boats, so it's a bit outside my area) but I don't see why a riveted plate onto polyurethane or similar sealant shouldn't work. In fact, Sikaflex 292 should be able to secure a small to moderate size patch without any mechanical fixing at all...Renegade_Azzy wrote:So patching is fine on a boat like this, if it needs it? Figure if there were some minor leaks, I would drill out, slide a patch under, and rivet with the proper rivets.
I thought the boat looked a bit narrow in the photo, but I just put it down to distortion from the camera lens. (Shooting a long object that extends away from the camera can do that.)Renegade_Azzy wrote: Well, we took it out on the water. Small, very small leak. Probably a pint or 2 over 30 minutes, and it seemed to slow, which just means some gunk plugged it up probably. The worst part is stability. Unless you sit dead center and sit still, it feels as if its going to tip over any moment. Trailer is also worse than I thought.
Maybe the market's different over there, but in this part of the world it's generally reckoned that all the value in a cheap old small motorboat is in the engine. The natural result is that a hull without an engine is basically worthless, because to get an engine for it will cost the same as a complete boat (all the value is in...) and you paid for the first hull. Plus boats take up space and people who haven't used theirs for years accept lowball offers to get their garage or drive back, whereas an outboard on a stand in the back of the shed isn't too much of an embuggerance and doesn't have the "wife just wants shot of it" factor.Renegade_Azzy wrote:But for just a bit more (300), I found a local runabout, fiberglass hull, no motor, trailer and boat titles, and kept covered. Its a serious thought, just need to find a place to put it.