How to Quickly Fix a Leak in Your Aluminum Boat

by Peter B. Mathiesen

Step 1: Remove the boat from the water and turn it upside down if possible. Scrub away debris from around the damaged site with a wire brush. Sand the area with 60-grit sandpaper.

Step 2: Take a small wooden block, place it over the leak site, and hammer it to flatten the tear as much as possible. Then wipe the area with a clean rag soaked in paint thinner. Let dry.

Step 3: Apply J-B Weld compound to the repair area. Let sit for four hours. Paint the outside patch with aluminum spray paint. Sand the interior patch smooth and cover with silicone caulk.

From the June 2012 issue of Field & Stream magazine.