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Old     (Lukke)      Join Date: May 2017       11-21-2018, 7:20 PM Reply   
Hi,

Sooo, I've attached a couple photos.
One of the brackets on my swim platform is pretty heavily buggered. I'm looking for a suggestion that DOESN'T involve removing the bracket from the boat. I know this would be the simplest fix.. Remove it, weld it/replace it. Thing is, its a 25 year old boat, there's hairline fractures all around the bracket, and i just really don't want to remove it and potentially cause problems far worse.
Do you think i'm being a bit of a puss and just take it off?

I've been told by someone who can weld aluminium that the bracket needs to come off for him to weld it.

You guys got any thoughts?

Cheers for the time.
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Old     (Stazi)      Join Date: Sep 2011       11-22-2018, 6:08 AM Reply   
If you try welding that ON the boat, your burn/melt/set the boat on fire.

Remove it get it welded and also fix the hairline cracks on the gel coat while itís off.

Donít try and ghetto fix it on the boat, itíll just cause far more problems..
Old     (DealsGapCobra)      Join Date: May 2010       11-22-2018, 9:07 AM Reply   
There is no question, take it off and have it repaired or replace it.
Old     (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       11-25-2018, 11:18 PM Reply   
JB weld will fix it up like new... just kidding.

Pull it and replace it or weld it. Welder needs to know what he’s doing too!
Old     (Bakes)      Join Date: Mar 2010       11-27-2018, 1:34 PM Reply   
What’s going on with the bottom of your boat? Looks like it’s rotting from the inside. It almost looks like it was rear ended at some point. Lots of weirdness going on back there with the fracture lines, the brown stuff and what not.

I think the bracket is the least of your worries.

Last edited by Bakes; 11-27-2018 at 1:37 PM.
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       11-27-2018, 1:39 PM Reply   
gotta be TIG welded. most competent shops can do it, your neighbor cannot.

agree, you got some water issues back there. inspect the area when you pull the plates off. likely have backing plates so plan on someone to help you.

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