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    Bass tracker with popped rivet

    I have a question for all the bass boat gurus out there. I have a bass tracker that has a leaking seam and a missing rivet what is my best option?

    Should I:

    use a closed head rivet and epoxy to replace the rivet or would it be better to tap the hole and thread a bolt and coat it with epoxy?
    For the seam what is the best product? I tried jbweld and it ended up cracking. or should I spend the money and get it welded.


    Thanks in advance,

    Slow Joe

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    welded.

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    the rivet and epoxy should work, if you cant get in to buck a new solid rivet. not sure what you mean by a seam? was it a welded seam or an overlap seam that was riveted together?

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    Many of the BassTrackers with the riveted hulls develop leaks where the hull swoops up toward the front. The only thing I have been successful with is having the rivet ground flat and heliarced over. If you put sealant on it it can't be welded.

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    the seam was riveted not welded

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    I had an older aluminum boat that had rivets that went bad. What I found that worked the best was to use sainless steel bolt, lock nut with neoprean washers. After replaceing one I never had a problem with that one again. It can get a little pricey if you have to replace very many.


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