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How to Remove Small Dents from Aluminium Fishing Boats

Blog | 28 September 2017

Aluminium boats are one of the more popular types of fishing boats for people all around the world. They slice through the water easily, have low upkeep requirements, and tend to be easier to handle on the waves — not to mention they are more economical! Still, aluminium boats have their own downsides as well and those come in the form of dents. Looking at a dented fishing boat can be enough to ruin your morning and it can certainly ruin your day out fishing. Today we are going to look at a few simple tips that will have you getting your boat looking good as new again.

Dealing with a Dent

The first thing you need to understand is that dented aluminium fishing boats are not uncommon! Aluminium is a common material for fishing because it is so flexible and easy to use, as we outlined above. However, it also will occasionally rack up dents from banging into any number of things. Dents happen, that’s just a fact of life for these great little boats. Still, that doesn’t mean that you have to live with the dent. Let’s go step by step in the dent healing process.

1. Identify the severity of the dent.
Let’s take a peek at how severe the dent is on your boat. If it is a massive dent that is below the water line, you might be in some trouble. If it is a smaller dent above the water line then you are dealing with purely aesthetic issues.

2. Get the boat comfortable.
What we mean by this is that you need to take it to a place where you can unload the vessel. Take out any loose objects, remove the engine, and have a few buddies help you to flip the boat upside down on a set of saw horses to keep it elevated.

3. Outline the dent.
Now you need to get a little bit messy. Get underneath the boat and outline the dent with a felt market. Have your buddy outline the dent on the other side of the boat as well. This is your target area and it is here that you are going to apply the majority of your elbow grease.

4. Grab a hand anvil and body hammer.
If you don’t have these two pieces of equipment then it is time to go shopping. We hope you are ready to apply that elbow grease we mentioned above. Have your body use the hand anvil to brace the dent on the other side. Now you are going to use your body hammer to lightly tap the area into conformity. If it doesn’t budge then consider using a handtorch to heat the aluminium up to roughly 200 degrees Celsius before resuming and lightly tapping the dent into place.

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