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    Small leak 1993 Tracker
from robbocop #14013 #14013  
4/16/2012 1:53:38 PM


 I have a small leak somwhere in my 1993 Tracker Pro 17. I am sure it is somewhere along the seam under the keel guard. Of course I cannot see where the problem may be because of the keel guard, I have tried 3m sealers, the green stick you heat on, etc. Any ideas? Is it time for a new boat, or is it worth it to have it taken somewhere, where they can flip it, remove the engine and weld the entire keel? Open for suggestions, it pushes out about 1/2 gallon every 1/2 hour frm the bilge. Thanks,


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   I would from RJR  4/16/2012 2:09:47 PM
 park it on the driveway (if it is flat), put the plug in, disconnect all the batteries, and put three or four inches of water in it (jack it up and put blocks under it if you are worried about the weight on the tires/axle). You should be able to see where the water drips out and then make repairs.

   leak from Dwight #10907 #10907  4/16/2012 4:16:10 PM
 Is the keel welded or rivited on. If its rivited you may have to take the floor out and replace or rebuck the rivets. They loosen over time and have to be tightened. If its welded look for small cracks at the ends of the welds. Your going to have to turn it over to reweld it.

   rivited from robbocop #14013 #14013  4/16/2012 5:05:01 PM
 I am hoping there are ways to take the floor up, any one tried it before on a tracker. I have removed some compartmnts to get an idea of whre the leak may be, and all I have seen is that foam stuff that looks like it was brushed or sprayed on.

   don't recall ever having an aluminum boat that didn't leak from Beartrap   4/16/2012 9:43:42 PM
 assume you've got a bilge pump that pumps it out might just consider living with it until it gets much worse....

   Good advice from RJR and Dwight from Brad  4/18/2012 9:35:00 PM
 Find the leak with the water in the hull, then repair it by rebucking or replacing the loose rivits. If you have to go up one rivit size, drill the hole 2-3 thousands undersized for an interference fit--tap the rivit in the hole from the inside of the hull before bucking.

Remember that the upset side of the rivit is the seal side, contrary to the asthetics...

parasitic drag will not be a factor in your repair.

   . from RJR  5/22/2012 9:27:03 AM



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