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crack in my aluminum boat?

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I noticed i have a very small crack in my aluminum flat. it is right above the eye in the front of the boat. its about 2 inches long and very tight. would have never noticed unless i had to clean out my storage and noticed a little light at the spot. a friend told me to drill a small hole on each end of the crack to prevent the crack from spreading and then to jb weld it. I know the best thing to do is to see a welder but money is a little tight right now. does anyone have any advice. thanks
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Don't do crack
I'd be scared that the crack would run. I'd get it welded. I'm sure times are tough but you might do more harm by using the boat like this. Bring it to a welding shop to get a estimate, might not be as bad as you think
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Weld
If it's only a couple of inches long, it shouldn't cost much to get it welded. Get an estimate. DO NOT put JB weld, silicone or anything else on it if you think you may get it welded eventually. Pretty much anything you put on it can leach into the aluminum and cause problems for future welds.
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time to weld
I had a similar crack below the eye, and the experts told me it needed to be welded - epoxy will not work. This was a bad crack that cost several hundred dollars, but it worked.

For holes and such under the boat, I use epoxy. It works, but is never a permanent solution. Every few months, I need to replace and add more. At the same time, I'm hardly a handyman and others may have better luck.
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JB weld
JB weld is only gonna temporarily stop water until crack extends. Get it welded. If your near Metairie I can weld it for you for about $50 to $60. Fix it right and be done with it. It's a very easy to fix if as u describe.
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new2salt
absolutely, drill a hole on each end of crack that will keep the crack from running! then for sure go get it welded!!! I was told when boat parked at home, just sitting there, always loosen the winch strap, because if tight, it can cause problems like this! good luck!!
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Moneys tight
I hear you on the money is tight , been there and where you are at with your crack above the eye , if you get it welded it will most probably come back , the eye takes a lot of banging when trailering down the road --- what I consider the best thing to do is cutting off the eye and welding a large fish plate over the crack and welding the eye to the plate , it will spread the stress over a larger area -------- New Orleans Machine + Fab on Iris St in Metaire did the one on my Tim's Flat I have now and it's was before Katrina , if your down in the Parish then B+B Welding which was Custom Flats in Toca , La. can do a good job with it -------- I have also learned to use a turn buckle from the eye to the trailer to stop alot of the jumping around the boat will do with just a winch cable , strap or rope -------- if you can't get a turnbuckle and some shackle right now at least tie it down tight with a rope ----
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Quick Fix
If your near Belle Chasse, I can weld it for you $20 - $30 dollars, give me a call 504-982-7040. I just had to do the same thing on my boat. As another person suggested, I also put a turn buckle in place of the safety chain and now that boat stays snug against trailer.
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