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Aluminum boat crack repair? #13230833 07/31/19 03:51 AM
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Hey guys, got my war eagle boat and I bought it knowing it has a crack in it. My question is how should I go about repairing it? What do yall recommend? [Linked Image]
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Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13230883 07/31/19 10:13 AM
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There are all kinds of epoxies and easy temporary fixes. The right thing would be to take it to somebody that can weld aluminum PROFICIENTLY. Have them end drill the crack on each end then weld it up. End drilling keeps it from continuing to split in the same line it has been running. And congrats on the boat, War Eagle builds a nice boat. Good luck!


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Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13231012 07/31/19 01:18 PM
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Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13231024 07/31/19 01:28 PM
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Take that boat to an aluminum welder that uses a spool gun. it won't get the metal as hot as a tig welder and will
be just as strong.

Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13231029 07/31/19 01:32 PM
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Get it welded and be done with it


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Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13231064 07/31/19 02:03 PM
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I bought my G3 with a crack in the hull that looked similar to yours. I took it to Lake LBJ Marineland in Kingsland. They said they had a guy who was an "artist" at aluminum welding. He did the work. That was 4 years ago--no leaks since.

Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13231134 07/31/19 02:58 PM
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Id love to get it welded but I cant seem to find anyone around the Pearland or Alvin area to do it. I have called a few welding shops and they all keep telling me that they wont touch aluminum so now I guess Ill just wait until I get the trailer registered and Ill have to drag it some where to get it done.


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Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13231444 07/31/19 07:40 PM
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I had a crack on my boat [Linked Image]
Took it to my welder buddy to get fixed [Linked Image]
Charged me 60 bucks. I think his welds are better that the factory welds [Linked Image]


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Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13231665 07/31/19 10:01 PM
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looks good!


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Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: gar1970] #13232209 08/01/19 01:31 PM
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Damn, he did a good job. Wish I had a buddy that knew how to weld. I made more calls and still have no one to repair it. I have heard mixed opinions on this but how does JB weld hold up for a crack like this? What if I drilled a hole at each end of the crack then applied JB?


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No. It will last only until flexed. If you are down near Houston there are numerous places that can weld aluminum for you. Do your research.

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I do appreciate the reply and I have done my research but the nearest place to me that says they weld aluminum is about 45 minutes away from me and wants $400.00 to repair it. I will continue looking bud smile


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Re: Aluminum boat crack repair? [Re: Ryan B] #13234933 08/04/19 10:09 AM
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Wish you were a little closer to DFW and I'd hook you up. Welding and especially aluminum is what I do when oil and gas is down....
I agree that a spool gun will do the trick, but lots of amateurs start with a spool gun set up so if there's any doubt, tell them to run you a bead before you let them light up on your hull. I'd take JB weld over a crappy, brittle weld. Maybe post a thread in the classified section looking for an aluminum welder in or around your location. Good luck!


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Im in Pearland


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