That sinking feeling

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That sinking feeling

Postby Rapier » Mon May 22, 2017 11:33 am

Pearly Miss owners are generally stoical about leaking boats - I can remember using mine at Cardiff it's 1st season and thinking that 6in of water in a boat was quite scary..SO, I wondered why we were slopping around a bit on the Thames run last weekend and having to run the bilge pump more often than normal (every 5mins..). Looked under the hull yesterday and ended up drilling out another 16 suspect rivets. The ones missing their heads are a dead giveaway. My boat lives outside and the cover's a cheap chinese job, so there is invariably water in it anyway. I noticed those that those rivets that were suspect (and had intact heads) had mould growing around them and sure enough they seeped when that area was filled with water.

Rivetwise sell the sealed pop versions I get from them, in 99% aluminium - I no longer have access to a rivet gun for the correct rivets + is a 2 man job. These work fine with a smear of Duralac and clean metal around the holes.

On a similar subject, was plagued by water in my fuel on the day, causing 2 breakdowns. Am normally fastidious about using the last seasons mix; this time I put it all in one (plastic) tank with a conditioner, but to no avail. The fuel filter / separator arrived this morning..from this supplier.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182425973243? ... EBIDX%3AIT
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Re: That sinking feeling

Postby Diomedea » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:28 am

Thanks for this solution.
Do you use steel mandrels to avoid corrosion or stainless steel?
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Re: That sinking feeling

Postby Rapier » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:57 pm

These are they, from Rivetwise, wasn't too picky about the length..AD62AH - Closed End Low Profile Domed Head - 99.5% Alu/Aluminium x 100
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