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To Stop Leaking Boats

To Stop Leaking Boats


To Stop Leaking Boats

To Stop Leaking Boats-I fished for twenty seasons in succession on Nestuca River and Bay for salmon and have had a great deal of experience with boats. I have also used boats during the summer fishing and hunting and trapping in the winter. I always put my fishing boats in the boathouse or salt house as soon as the salmon season was over, where they stayed until it was time to get them ready for the next season. The boats were always put away as clean as I could get them. When I took them out I swept, scraped, caulked and painted them. A boat kept this way will last for years. But as a boat gets old it does not do to caulk it too tight or it will budge when it swells. Caring for my boa tin this way, I found that I had to put them in the water two or three days ahead of the time I wanted to commence fishing, or bail a good part of the time the first night or two. Now I am coming to the main part. Whittle fine equal parts of washing soap (not too dry) and beef’s tallow, thoroughly mix or knead until it is of the consistency of putty. After caulking your boat, take a case or putty knife and plaster every crack or crevice full of soap and tallow. Press it in tight and smooth it down so there is no place where the water can get in and your boat will not leak a drop and float like a duck and run easy. This work must all be done from the outside as the pressure of the water helps keep it in place. This will keep your boat from leaking for a long time. As your boat swells, the soap and tallow gradually squeezes out, but it does not leak and it does not hurt your boat. This is how I treat old half-rotten boats that will not stand caulking. Dry in the shade as much as you think they will stand. Plaster all cracks full of soap and tallow from the outside. Put in the water and pull where you please.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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