"Captain" + Starmada Splash Of The Year 2020
- Dec 20, 2010
first, stop using a rifle to remove rivetsWe managed to get out to the garage early this morning, like before 0730!
And we actually started installing rivets. Rib #3 has 74 rivet holes. We got 31 installed. We learned more as we went along too. Thanks again to @classiccat for the heads up about using 1/4" rivets for the oblong holes. We'll definitely do that wherever possible on the next 2 rib installations.
When we were first dealing with the oblong holes, I didn't have any 1/4" rivets and didn't realize that they could compensate so well for most of those bad holes. Lesson learned.
In order to install the remaining rivets on rib #3, we have to lift the boat up and then relocate it on the trailer. The bunks and trailer frame are in the way and we can't get the rivet gun under the right spots. So, we'll work on ribs #1 and #2 first.
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This one's the troublemaker. Other than welding or a big glob of JB Weld, is there another way to patch that hole?
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Avoid welding...esp so close to the double rivet seam. The seam sealer will run out, contaminate the weld and you'll be left with a very leaky part of the boat.
One idea i have looking at it, to at least fill the hole with solid aluminum is chamfer the inside and outside holes, then buck a 1/4" pure aluminum rivet (soft) then grind off the head & bucktail. the chamfered edges will hold the aluminum in place. IT Isn't structural nor leakproof but it will plug the gap. Then put an external patch buttered with 5200 held in place with a few normal rivets.