Originally Posted by Learch
Hey Zach, how long would you expect a glued together PVC boat to last if it was taken care of? Really just in terms of seams and material. I'm always down for learning more from a pro.
I just bought a 2001 Star bucket boat (glued PVC) for $50 delievered (guy practically begged me to take it). There were two slow leaking punctures from where he tried to jam it through a hole in a strainer that was too small for the boat. Word is the boat spent it's first five years unused in a garage, then guided on the Soho/Watauga for a few years and spent it's last 20 trips with the private boater I got it from.
The floor was starting to rip off in large areas, almost all of the failings were on the same side of the floor. I *think* there was just not enough glue on that side which started the separation and the water just kept getting in over the years and exasterbated the problem.
5 days, some 303 and a quart of glue later the boat looks practically new and held air for 2 weeks before I put it away. Best $50 I ever spent...it's getting a motor and will be my crappie boat this spring.
I also have a 34 year old hypalon Hyside that is perfectly servicable after some strategically smeared aquaseal.
I have newer boats too...but have yet to buy new. I have less than $3000 in 6 boats. It's easy to capitalize on peoples mistakes and laziness in the rafting world!