Repairing Damage to Aluminum


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Aluminum, used extensively in smaller boats, has become popular as a construction material for larger craft, especially cruising and racing boats. This wider use of aluminum, a tough, strong material that is impervious to almost everything except galvanic corrosion, was stimulated in part by its application in 12 meter America’s Cup contenders of recent years. Aluminum, however, is susceptible to dents, and most problems with the material result from boats banging into docks or other objects. Small, shallow dents can usually be pounded out with a mallet by holding a heavy, solid piece of wood on the outside of the hull. The dent can then be removed first by hammering around its perimeter, gradually working towards the center. This booklet explains how to fix this and many other kinds of damage to aluminum hulls.

8 pages


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