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Ok so I went and bought a boat 2003 alumacraft with 90hp  no water close to test run boat.but k got to see the the motor run and start great.no problems. So I take it to the dmv get it in my name and all the legal stuff. Take it to the lake and low and behold it's taking on about 2 gallons a hour. Checked all drain plugs and live well no leaks. Take it home and fill it with water and watch I find a cheap weld patch  and a crack in front of it.. geerr. So to my question in the picture I removed floor above cracks and removed foam. The crack is in the circled area. Did I remove enough for some one to weld the for me? I did it to save monet and want it welded top and bottom? 

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I'm not a professional welder but I do know how to weld (disclaimer). I would have to say yes you have it cleared enough but any decent welder will charge a bit more for having to grind that gorilla patch off the bottom but at least when their finished you should have a simple seam inside and out and not that huge rough patch on the outside unless the hole is wider than appears in the pictures.

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Ouch.  I'd be contacting that seller!!  

 

In any case, you're off to a good start.  Any welder is going to want to prep their own way anyways.  You've definitely got it most of the way there though!  

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Easy fix for an experienced welder. If I was welding it I would want more of the foam removed as that is nasty stuff when it gets hot. Not trying to scare you but given that the seller apparently forgot to mention this little issue, wonder what else he forgot to tell you about?

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I was ticked at the guy but. What can I say my fault I should of known when I could not take it to water to just wait. But for 4100. I could not pass. I had it on the water and don't see any other problems with it yet. It rode nice and the trolling motor with i pilot is amazing. Hoping this is all. :( The only other thing is wiring that I am working on and making the live well run the right way all and all I get to miss spawn time. Lol

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11 hours ago, fishman393 said:

The only other thing is wiring that I am working on and making the live well run the right way all and all I get to miss spawn time. Lol

I hope you are able to get it fixed and out on the water soon.

Last week I decided to change out the water pump impeller and instead of it being a 60 minute job it turned out to be a two day job. I think I have it back together now but this weekend is shot. Maybe next weekend?

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I hoping in the next two weeks for me still waiting for someone to have the time to weld it. Small town drama. The only two people in this town are booked up for the next 2-3 weeks so gives me time to mess with stuff. Until then I have my john boat until it sales. Got 1 guy looming at it tomorrow. Hope it sales but want to fish. Lol

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I can relate somewhat. I have a long list of small things I want to do to the boat and I did get most of them completed. So that's a good thing I guess. I installed a new sonar and also one of those fake wood blocks on the transom to mount the transducer and the spedo pitot tube. Also a new bow seat, fixed the running lights and the TM which worked but needed some attention. So now I need to get the motor to idle properly, I had the carbs off and I think something is interfearing with the linkage. Clean up the hull and change the gear oil. All small stuff but I'm anxious to get out on the water.

Again I hope you can get it fixed soon and that there are no other big surprises.

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15 hours ago, fishman393 said:

I was ticked at the guy but. What can I say my fault I should of known when I could not take it to water to just wait. But for 4100. I could not pass. I had it on the water and don't see any other problems with it yet. It rode nice and the trolling motor with i pilot is amazing. Hoping this is all. :( The only other thing is wiring that I am working on and making the live well run the right way all and all I get to miss spawn time. Lol

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That's a nice looking rig - we never see the bass style Alumacraft boats up in this neck of the woods...which is a shame.  Just for giggles, I priced out a current version, and it came in @ about $30, 600 with a 115 Suzuki and a decent trailer...their online choices for electronics leave a lot to be desired, I assumed I'd keep what I have.

...too bad about the hull problem, but you'll get it figured out and ready to go.

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You did all you need to do for your welder. A good welder will get that done in no time.  I have had a few projects done on my boats and trailers.  It always helps to have a good welder in your Rolodex! Ha Ha

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That shouldn't be a problem. My welder said he can weld anything but the break of day or a broken heart. :P

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Well he got it welded for me. He only charged me 67 dollars to fix. He said he can't promise it will work.he welded both side he said Could last a day or could last a life time. Lol. He said he has done 3 of the same boat in the same spot and none came back so far.. Kinda scary  well I got to put it all back together and give her a shot. Might think about saling but would hate to give someone else a problem. 

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5 hours ago, fishman393 said:

Well he got it welded for me. He only charged me 67 dollars to fix. He said he can't promise it will work.he welded both side he said Could last a day or could last a life time. Lol. He said he has done 3 of the same boat in the same spot and none came back so far.. Kinda scary  well I got to put it all back together and give her a shot. Might think about saling but would hate to give someone else a problem. 

I bet you won't have any more problems. Sounds like he gave you a good price on the weld job. Good luck with it.

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