Old 80s Plastic Pond Boat has cracks in it

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by ronnielay, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. ronnielay

    ronnielay Well-Known Member

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    I have an old 85ish plastic pond boat (Tracker), about 8ft long.  I have had this boat for about 10 years.The person I bought the boat off of filled it with spray foam and putty up the cracks in it.  It worked great for the few years I used it, since then it has been sitting in backyards. 

    I want to fix the cracks in the boat, paint it, and redo the wiring for the trolling motor.  The original putty has been eaten by ants and such.  It would make a great back water boat for my area and a fun project. 

    My Question is does anybody have any information on fixing the cracks in the plastic?  I see that they sell Plastic Wielders, has anybody done anything like this before?  I think it is made of ABS plastic. If I could I would like to make the plastic look as close to new and not have to use the cheap putty.

    I can handle the wiring and painting part.
     

  2. ronnielay

    ronnielay Well-Known Member

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    I got it fixed, it is now my sons sand box...... ;D
     
  3. disporks

    disporks I Love microskiff.com!

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    haha I was gonna say gflex! Plastic welding works good as long as you do it properly...I repair bumpers at work all the time :(
     
  4. ronnielay

    ronnielay Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I should clarify.....The fix was making it my sons sand box!
    After uncovering more cracks with each sanding, it was too much to work to make the project fun!

    I will just buy a Jon Boat to replace it!

    Thanks for the advice!
     
  5. Swamp

    Swamp I Love microskiff.com!

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    Probably for the best. I've found that once you end up with cracks it means the plastic has gotten brittle and will just break again at the edge of the fix.

    Swamp
     
  6. ronnielay

    ronnielay Well-Known Member

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    It will be painted Elmo Red and will have a matching Custom Red Tarp to cover it when he is not playing in it.

    I still get to have some fun making into a sandbox for him!

    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
     
  7. Swamp

    Swamp I Love microskiff.com!

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    You so need to put a matching Bimini on it!
     
  8. ronnielay

    ronnielay Well-Known Member

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    Good Idea! I will have to post pictures of it once I get it done!
     
  9. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    That is going to be the ultimate micro draft - that bit@h floats on dew ;)
     
  10. ronnielay

    ronnielay Well-Known Member

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    I really should stop thinking about this boat ur sand box...

    I can give it T-Top made out of PVC and a Plastic Tarp!

    Yes, the boat will draft 4" of grass!

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D