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Just an update guys, it is a Model M and it is from 1956'ish so Scott you know your stuff!! More to come as soon as I start the mod...
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Thanks Action,
I did quite a bit of research to determine the vintage of my AeroCraft and it is still fresh in my mind so your timing was good. Another week or so and "poof" its gone. That is the beauty of this site, there is a "Boat Load" of knowledge here. I have used the pages contained here to get some great ideas and insight into tin boatdom (thats a new word). Keep up the good work!
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Ok so about to start tearing this apart to get it fixed and modified. But I asked a question in another post and never got any response. Not sure if anyone knows the answer or if there is not an answer to it? Anyone help me on this one. Here is a link to the post.

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You do NOT have to have floatation in your boat. The original manufacturer my be required to but that is where it ends. The thing you will get dinged on would be if you were over the persons capacity but I think that is it. They put the floatation in so they can market it as a safe boat. If you think about it, the big fiberglass boats do not have floatation in them, the may have foam in the hauls but that is only to dampen sound and insulate the cabin. Those things sink like a rock when they spring a leak. They can only hope the bilge pump can keep up. I have seen it first hand on the Great Lakes. Around here if your boat sinks a couple things can happen. You can retrieve it or someone can claim it as salvage and remove it and they are the new owners or in Michigan if the Department of Natural Resourses removes it they charge you for it. All that being said I believe it is up to you what you do with your boat.
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Thanks a ton Scott... I figured that it wasnt going to be a law thing. Great info and thanks for the explanation. So tomorrow I will be going to price a trailer and look at 2x2's, plywood and outdoor carpet to get a lay out for a budget. I dont think I will need much but we will see. I might strap the boat to the top of my Jeep Patriot, because the truck in the pic was a friend's work truck that he let me use to haul it home, and go scrub/spray it off at the local carwash to see if that dirt will come off. I may have to use a hard bristle brush because that crap is on there. Anyway I will update with pics if I make progress tomorrow.
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Ok soooo Im a bit pissed right now.... :evil: Ive got a hole! :evil:
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Im not sure how to fix this but none the less I need to patch it so I am able to at least get some use of the boat on my pond. I would still like to mod it but I am not sure if the 1950ish aluminum is going to hold. After looking at it from the inside of the boat I found this. Also looking closer at the bottom I found where the previous owner has put bolts through the belly of the hull for some reason. I assume it was to patch a leaking rivet but I cant be sure because there is one that is just hanging out in the middle not near any rivets. Here is what I am talking about.
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And not a major problem but something I would like to fix if it is going to pose a problem in the future is a few rotten spots on the back rails of the boat. All in all I think for the money "$175" it was a good buy but let me know what you think. Here is a pic of the rails.
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It was far too cold to do anything today so I just went outside and took a few pics and inspected the boat a little closer. I was going to put it in the water today to see if there were any leaks but if I would have done that... well I think I may have been retrieving it from the bottom. Ill be back throughout the next few weeks. I have to have surgery on a torn ligament in my wrist so I will be occupied with that for at least 4 weeks but will still follow the forum with yall. I will start back at it when the weather breaks to post more about the cleaning and the start of the build if I hear that it is an easy fix, but either way it will get fixed so Im not just throwing 175 bucks away. Let me know what yall think of that hole and the possibilities of a patch for it or new aluminum. Thanks guys...
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I have a 12 foot Thompson aluminum when I got it the previous owner split the hull with a gash about 6 inches long he used fiberglass to patch it 15 years ago still the same patch to this date not a drip has come thur

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Thanks Aaron. Is that the fiberglass strips. I saw a patch on here along the rivets and I think it was done the way you are talking about. Let me know more about it and if it doesnt leak today Id say that is a pretty good way to patch it. Thanks again Aaron.
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I think it was strips used

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Over the gash as for rivits just rebuck them

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Was that the soft floor issue you were talking about in my thread? As far as that crack...I would make a patch and rivet it on the inside of the hull. I can't figure out how big the crack is, but the patch should be at least 2 times the size of the crack. It would be a good idea to lay the patch out and predrill the rivet holes, then place the patch over the damaged area and drill the holes around the bad spot. Remove patch, wipe away metal flakes, apply a sealant to the patch and start shooting rivets from the outside in. With your patch on the inside, the hull would remain smooth and a patch with the correct number of rivets will be incredibly strong and watertight. If you want to know more as to rivet layout and patch fabrication, I can give you more info.

Hope the surgery goes well. I had a major back surgery a year ago. I doubt I will ever work on aircraft again, but I have a few manuals and guides on riveting and patch fabrication.

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Wings and Aaron, Thanks for the info. You will be able to see a better picture of what I am talking about with the crack in the next series of pictures. Today I figured since it was such a nice day and I will be having a wrist surgery Thursday I will knock out the cleaning of the boat. Although my wife says im crazy, "Because it is still going to snow and you will have to do it again", I guess she just doesnt understand when a man feels like he got screwed..... he wants to make the situation look better :lol: Im just kidding. I picked up some Fabuloso today. Its a great cleaning agent if anyone reading this doesnt know what it is. Get some and see... then you will know what Im talking about anyway moving forward. So I will post a few pictures of the boat before I cleaned it and then a few of the same angles after the cleaning. It looks much better that I thought it was. I will let the pics speak for themselves.
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So those are the before pics. And here are the after.... Im very satisfied!!!
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Ok so that was the progress I made today. I think I did a good job making this old boat clean. A little Fabuloso and a hard bristled scrub brush goes a long way. Here is a few more pics where I was standing on my deck and then I will put one on there of the crack so you can see the inside of the crack. And Wings if that is still the best route to take with patching it then that is the route I will take.
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Well that is pretty much it for now. I will post more when I am capable because like I said that surgery is going to put me out for about 4 weeks at least. Anyway thanks for checking out the pics and let me know what you think. I will have nothing but time on my hand :wink: for the next few weeks so I will be on here and learning from all you very knowledgeable guys...
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I hope your surgery goes well and you are back in full operation mode soon. You know....There are fish out there dying of old age that have never been caught. Just something to think about. Good Luck!
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That crack is right in the middle of a contour, isn't it? If it were me, I would put a patch on it, but it's no big deal to me. I have everything I would need already. For you, you may could have someone go in and weld it and still come out cheaper than buying a rivet gun and all the accessories you would need.

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Thanks Scott!! It should be good just a slight tear on a ligament. Best part is it happened at work so it paid for... and while off so am I :lol: Oh yea its those fish that fuel my drive to fish because I do NOT have a picture of a huge fish like most... Hopefully this is the summer I can get that pic! [-o<
Thanks Wings I will probably have somone weld it up so I have no worries about it. I know a buddy of mine has a nice rivet gun he told me I could use to fix it but I know nothing about riveting so I would have to read up and watch a few "youtube" videos to get the hang of it. Anyway I did this last night when I was bored. I dont have any fancy programs so dont make fun of the billy in me... but there is :lol: so anyway I used paint to just draw up a generic "blueprint" of the round-a-bout design of what I want. The wife is bugging me to go run some errands so I will talk to you guys probably next week as I work late Wed and Ive got my surgery Thur. Talk to yall soon...

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