After putting water in the boat with a garden hose when first beginning work, there were no major leaks. That being said, what was observed was the fact that the original “caulking” from the Feather Craft factory seemed to be failing. It was very dried out and brittle, and flaking or even missing in some areas.
I became concerned about this “little potential problem”, and visited Clyde at Bi-State Marine in Erie, Michigan. Clyde is fairly well versed in all things boats…and he suggested I give a new product from West Systems a go. It is an epoxy that is strong and yet flexible. It is said to be able to take movement, shock and vibration. This sounds ideal for an aluminum boat.
After buying a small “kit” from Clyde that includes one bottle each of resin and catylist, a couple of syringes for injecting the epoxy…into the boat seams, not yourself, gloves, and mixing cups with stir-sticks. Nice kit.
To remove the old caulking was not very tough, as it was at the end of its life.