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I am looking at a tiki 38 that has been sitting in a tidal area that has been damaged and neglected. There is a fairly large whole on starboard hull on the bottom and the bottom of both rudders have been knocked off. There is some delamination on the port hull in the inside rear corner. I need to move it a few miles to an area where I can fix it and was wondering if someone had a quick temporary fix idea for the hole and the delamination till I can get it to the beach in front of my house to work on it properly.

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You say it's in a tidal area. Does that mean that the hulls are above water at low tide. If so you might be able to drain any water from the hull and screw a sheet of thin, (1/4"), ply over the hole to enable you to get the boat to your safe area where you can do proper repairs. Just a thought.  :)



Patrick John McGrath said:

You say it's in a tidal area. Does that mean that the hulls are above water at low tide. If so you might be able to drain any water from the hull and screw a sheet of thin, (1/4"), ply over the hole to enable you to get the boat to your safe area where you can do proper repairs. Just a thought.  :)

I agree with Patrick, and even if it's not out of the water on low tide you could possibly drill/screw some ply from the inside if you can access the area where the hole is.I'd silicon between the two layers also - there is some quick 2 hour setting stuff on the market.

 You could possible do the same to the rudders - screw a piece of thick ply extending past the current bottom of the rudder to enable steering. 

I have a hand bilge pump I use on my Tiki21 to remove any rain or sailing water from the bottom of the inside hulls. I bought mine from a kayak shop and added a metre of hose to the outlet. Actually bought it after I found one hull half full of water courtesy of a disgruntled employees partner drilling three small holes in the hull. 



Jay Bennett said:



Patrick John McGrath said:

You say it's in a tidal area. Does that mean that the hulls are above water at low tide. If so you might be able to drain any water from the hull and screw a sheet of thin, (1/4"), ply over the hole to enable you to get the boat to your safe area where you can do proper repairs. Just a thought.  :)

I agree with Patrick, and even if it's not out of the water on low tide you could possibly drill/screw some ply from the inside if you can access the area where the hole is.I'd silicon between the two layers also - there is some quick 2 hour setting stuff on the market.

 You could possible do the same to the rudders - screw a piece of thick ply extending past the current bottom of the rudder to enable steering. 

I have a hand bilge pump I use on my Tiki21 to remove any rain or sailing water from the bottom of the inside hulls. I bought mine from a kayak shop and added a metre of hose to the outlet. Actually bought it after I found one hull half full of water courtesy of a disgruntled employees partner drilling three small holes in the hull. 

"Quote"- after I found one hull half full of water courtesy of a disgruntled employees partner drilling three small holes in the hull. "Quote".

NICE :(

Thanks guys. The hull is solid for the most part. I should be able to drill and seal with some ply. My problem will be how to fix it with bringing it out of the water when I get it back home. It will be in tidal waters the whole time. I would have to do the permanent repair between tides and worry about the wood being dry enough. I thought of putting heavy gage iron plates on both hulls by the sterns with heavy fins to act as supports when I am on shore. I thought about these to seal the hole as a permanent repair as well. the fins are off at the back as well so kind of kill two birds with one stone. Do you think this would work or should I replace all the ply and glass first. Having some bigger bulbbed(torpedo) fins would keep the rudders off the bottom as well. What do you guys think.

You need to get that boat out of the water.. It will never dry enough to do a proper repair also be bad for the environment with the amount of cutting sanding painting required.. Not sure what it is, but its not a tiki... looks to me like it needs a LOT of work before its ready to go to sea, do that work on dry land for everyone's sake..

Good luck

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