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When I first got my boat I thought I’ll keep it original so I replaced the live well pumps that have a through hull connection. When my grandsons where small I’d cast net some pogies and we’d bait fish. Use the pumps to fill the live wells. Now my grandsons are grown and and my boat is now a fly fishing boat
So in my mind holes in the hull are something that can go bad
So I’d like to seal them up. Their are about an inch in diameter and I know this is going to be a pain
I have some 1708 and crappy sealer
I really don’t want to do fiberglass, I’m not good at it. Is there anything I can use to seal these holes
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I’m going to take a picture. But what kind off epoxy? Plug it with glass pour epoxy over on the inside. Put a couple of sheets of 1708 wet on the outside then cover the outside with JB Marine or Marine Tex. ??????
 

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I’m going to take a picture. But what kind off epoxy? Plug it with glass pour epoxy over on the inside. Put a couple of sheets of 1708 wet on the outside then cover the outside with JB Marine or Marine Tex. ??????
That would work. A heat gun will make the epoxy level out but you would have to make sure your big fat flats boat is level . Use masking tape and a sheetrock mud or putty spreader to level the hole underneath. Marine Tex will stay.
 

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It’s so dam cold here now this project is on hold but I still think it’s a good idea
 

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Just throw some good brass through hulls in and cap or put a quality ball valve on them. This may help sell the boat in the future should you decide and save your OL’ arse some work and swearing!😉
 

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Highly approve of what the last two posters entered... but first things first - can you access the inside of that through hull? - all else follows.... A good quality bronze through hull will last the life of your skiff (and eliminate all the fun of doing a really good job of matching existing gelcoat on the exterior where it will be noticed...
 

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You won’t believe my bilge 4 hoses going to 4 live wells, 2 pumps and a valve to switch flow to each live well. Can’t wait to clean all that out and install a second bilge pump
Now as far as the brass fitting. Someone’s going to have post a picture or link for this dumb ass to figure out
 

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Here's just one example of a bronze through hull fitting from E-Bay - they come in many sizes for every application in the marine world (and they're the standard everywhere) - not brass...bronze is stronger... Hope this helps.. Like I said install one properly (caulked, etc) and it will last the life of the hull.. Lots of cheaper alternatives - that will -at some point, fail on you when it's not convenient at all....
 

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Why do you think that? It would be flush and there is no bolt.
So the smooth side is under the hull and threads are in the bilge how and with what do I seal it with. JB, loctite marine tex
I don’t want a leak when I’m off shore chasing Jacks
 

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Simplest way.. take a wood dowel that fits, then epoxy it in place from the outside of your hull inwards... It plugs it forever and will still be a simple matter to remove if you need to re-activate that through hull... The only real hassle with through hulls (particularly on small skiffs) is that many of them are cheap junk - and installed before the boat's cap is fastened down so they're a russian so- and -so to remove or replace... Just another of those "ask me how I know" propositions... The primary through hull on my old Maverick was installed that way.... and I'd have to literally remove the deck to be able to access it if it ever goes bad or the bilge hose goes bad... With a boat that's nearly 33 years old now it's just one more thing to go wrong and ruin my sleep...
 
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