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Old 23-05-2019, 04:11   #1
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Aluminum Dinghy Repair

I've just acquired an aluminum dinghy that needs some work. Specifically, the gunnel, which is essentially a 90 degree bend outward at the top of the boat. In some spots it's complete rotted off. I'll post some photos tomorrow, but does anyone know if this is generally repairable?

Is a bend like this meant to stiffen up the boat or could I cut the whole thing off and replace it with something else?

How would I go about attaching gunnel guard to an aluminum boat?

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Aluminum Dinghy Repair

You can rivet , weld or bolt aluminum.
Iím having a hard time imagining that if what you describe is true that itís worth salvaging, but Iíd likely remove the old by a cut off wheel if necessary and rivet on a new angle extrusion as a guess.
Among other things, yes itís a stiffener.
Depending on your needs pool noodles can be reasonable but short lived guards
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Re: Aluminum Dinghy Repair

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You can rivet , weld or bolt aluminum.
Iím having a hard time imagining that if what you describe is true that itís worth salvaging, but Iíd likely remove the old by a cut off wheel if necessary and rivet on a new angle extrusion as a guess.
Among other things, yes itís a stiffener.
Depending on your needs pool noodles can be reasonable but short lived guards
Thanks, I'll post up some photos later and maybe you guys can let me know if it's even worth the time. It was free with a working outboard, so I figure worst case scenario it's a trip to the scrap yard.
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Re: Aluminum Dinghy Repair

Epoxy resin sticks well to clean aluminum, you could do a fiberglass repair, then bolt through the glass to make sure. I have repaired alloy hulls, even a broken alloy boom with an epoxy fiberglass sleeve, does not look pretty, could spray paint grey.
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