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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Help - new drift boat question

I bought a new to me and first drift boat not too long ago. A super clean 1980 Koffler 16x48. When I was scraping off the old gluvit i found 3 or 4 small bubbles in the bottom aluminum the size of a standard nail head underneath where the front left passengers feet would be. The seller is legit and the boat is in immaculate condition. At first I thought it was some shotty repair but the bottom is spotless other wise and the seller has been more than glad to take a call or answer a text and said the boat has never been repaired. A buddy of mine suggested that maybe it was just an imperfection in the aluminum stock at that time. My current theory (not knowing anything about welding) is that it bubbled out of the bottom slightly when the floor frame was welded in? I really have no idea and not too concerned but would love some insight from somebody who knows more about boats. Here are some photos, thanks in advance.

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Note : photos are of the bubbles through new coat of coat-it

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After another look I'm almost certain my theory is right. On the sides of the boat where the seat, front compartment etc was welded had some of the same looking protrusions. I think it's from the factory weld. The "bubbles" on the bottom follow the weld line where the front compartment was welded to the bottom

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There are no weld deformations on a Clackacraft. Seriously, they add character. Once in the water, you'll never know they are there. Congratulations, enjoy your boat.
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If it hasn't sunk from the deformations yet, it's probably good to go! You could always contact Joe at Koffler and send him the pics. He'll know what the deal is. Love my 97 Koffler!
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My old 1978 Alumaweld (probably built by Willie himself) is full of 'character' as JD can attest, and keeps me and my comrades safe and dry. That's all I ask.

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I read this when you posted it up and had one thought, all the dents in my ATEC go the other direction. I am happy to see that you solved the mystery.
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