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The reason is I don't want it to sink. The hull has two pits all the way thru and the keel leaks like a sieve. It has to be sealed or it is a pretty flower pot! Short of having it welded, sealing the keel and then glassing from chine to chine was the best way to put an end to the leaks, add support the the keel that has saltwater corrosion under it, and to fair out the better than eighth inch pits on the bottom. I could drill the keel and inject epoxy into it and then just fair the bottom in some way.
Not doing this for something to do. The old boat has to be repaired, and i just want to repair it right.
Yes I am going to use the boat in fresh water.
The Gluvit is supposed to be self etching for use on aluminum. It makes some pretty strong claims, but when I asked people here that had used it, all the responses were positive.
If I was set on the best way to proceed, I would not have asked. I did not ask if I should proceed, but instead, the best way to proceed. I don't think I will have it sand blasted, but I may use one of the aluminum cleaning products before the first coat of epoxy. If someone else knows of a better way to repair and support the keel on this boat, please let me know. The way I have planned is right at 200$ and a lot of time to do it right. That is before paint. Believe me, I am open to suggestions!
Last edited by runner; 09-13-2008 at 10:11 PM.