- Agreed... Try recoating the bottom of the boat or maybe the whole hull. Mine is just painted (no varnish) and is just fine. Best of luck! Aaron Sent from myMessage 1 of 4 , Jun 23, 2012View SourceAgreed... Try recoating the bottom of the boat or maybe the whole hull. Mine is just painted (no varnish) and is just fine.
Best of luck!
AaronSent from my BlackBerryFrom: "Caruk, Gord" <gord.caruk@...>Sender: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.comDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:43:07 +0000To: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com<Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com>ReplyTo: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.comSubject: RE: [Airolite_Boats] Slow leaks in 16 ft airolite canoe
This sounds like the kind of issue that I get from inadvertent contact with rocks or stumps. Have you abraded the fabric at all, as in hit anything, or run it up on the beach? If the fabric has developed a hole, put a patch of fabric generously glued on with Heat’n’Bond and you’re good to go. If not holed, just recoating at the abrasion is enough to stop the leaks. After repairing, I get back to a dry boat, not leaking at all. Don’t give up.
I'm writing to ask for advice about how to fix the 'oozing' of water into my 1 year old airolite canoe. It leaks about a quart of water per hour while being paddled. When I made it I just painted it with 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Latex House Paint and for a while it was fine. Then after some use it started to ooze water at the places where the stringers touch the hull cloth. So, I took a piece of scrap hull cloth and draped it over the top of an empty can and tested various waterproofing compounds on it. The best seemed to be Thompson's waterproofing compound, so I then painted the inside and outside of the boat with that. Sadly, this didn't work.
Has anyone had experience fixing this type of problem? I can live with it but I'd rather fix it before using the boat for longer trips.
PS I wrote to Bette about this and she reminded me that I did not use spar varnish as the first coat. I hope that this does not mean that I have to re-cover the boat!!!