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Old 07-22-2011   #1
 
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Can a oil canned boat be fixed?

I'm a victim of the terrible economy and had to sell my boats a while back. (except for my creek boat) Now I'm looking at a a few used play boats (super star, kingpin, etc.) since I'm working again. But all the boats I see have terrible oil panning. Can anything be done to fix this? I have a heat gun but don't know if it's even possible. Has anyone ever corrected an oil panned hull?

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Old 07-22-2011   #2
 
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Flip it over and let it bake in the sun for a lil' bit

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*this may not work with cross-linked plastics
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That's it? .... I've tried that with old wavesport boats and no luck. (It did help bring boat a bent nose from a piton, though)
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Old 07-22-2011   #4
 
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I saw on the Dagger website (I think) that you can support it by bow and strern, then pour boiling water in it, let it cool and repeat. I tried it on an old dagger with pretty bad oil canning and it got a lot better. Then I used it and the oil can came back, though I think it is still better now than it was before I tried the boiling water. I think the key is a large volume of heavy/hot water to reform the hull.

Good Luck.
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I've done the sun method with a weight. The weight actually caused oil canning in the opposite direction, so use something that spreads the weight over a larger surface.

Not sure if the sun method will create enough heat in the mountains.
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Try foaming out the bottom of the seat so it makes contact with the hull. The surest way to do this is to take out the seat and glue down a sheet of mini-cell foam but this can also be time consuming and frustrating as some seats are a pain in the ass to take out but especially to put back in. The other way is to just try cramming a sheet of foam under the seat.
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None of these techniques will work. You're screwed. It's probably better to just burn the boats and claim the insurance.
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