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Guys,
Just curious if any of you have ever used something like Rhino liner or something similar on the bottom of your duck boats? I have an old Ouachita Boat that I really love because of how stable and comfortable it is, problem is that it is starting to get very thin in some places and is starting to oxidize. I am looking for suggestions on how to toughen up the bottom of the boat from the outside. I am not concerned about speed as I do not have a fast boat nor do I care to have a fast boat. However, I sure would like to keep the one I have for a couple more years if I can sure it up a little bit.


Any info is greatly appreciated....
 

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I just rhino lined the inside of my boat and if u decide to rhino line yours then my best advice is to make sure that u apply at least 2 layers. When I did it the first time I only applied one layer and it came off rarely quick. But they say that the first coat is like a primer and the second coat is like the paint. Hope this helps.
 

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won't help the oxidation or the thinness of the hull.

You need to have any thin spots re-plated w/ new metal and good welds. I would just use a really good primer and paint on the outside bottom of the hull and then if you wanted you could rhino-line the inside. However, you'll want to address those thin spots w/ something. A piece of plywood as a floor might help. A good paint and primer on the outside of the hull should stop the oxidation from that side.

Sometimes it's cheaper just to buy a new boat when there's problems w/ the hull. Good luck.
 

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Frog spit, gator glide g2, or steelflex are both epoxy type coatings that go on the outside of the boat and are DIY. The stuff is slick as snot and would add another "layer" to the bottom of your hull. If you go that route, make sure you dont unhook your boat from the trailer unitl you are in the water as your boat will slide off the trailer with even the slightest tap of the breaks.
http://www.fascoepoxies.com/
http://airboatcoatings.com/
http://www.gatorglide.com/

You could also put poly on the bottom of your boat. It is like adding a plastic cutting board material to the bottom of your boat. It can either be screwed on or glued. Screwed is the most durable.

A lot of guys along the coast use all of the above on their mub boats and air boats.

But I agree with LA.Call'em... if your hull is getting that thin, sounds like it is time for a different boat. Because, except for the poly, all of the above are just essentially tough paint. Nothing you can add on to the bottom of your boat will add structual integrity.
 
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