How to Fix Pedal Boat Leaks

by Gracie Sprouse
Pedal boats are fun recreation that doesn't pollute with oil or gas fumes.

Pedal boats are fun recreation that doesn't pollute with oil or gas fumes.

Pedal boats, or paddle boats as they are sometimes called, can be repaired easier than other types of boats. The material the boat is constructed from is important when choosing the correct product to repair the leaks. The work should be done when you know the boat will not be used for a few days. Auto parts and home improvement stores carry several products for repairing leaks. Marinas also usually have one or two products that may be used for emergency repairs.

Check the area where the water is coming into the boat. Determine exactly where the leak is by observing it while it is in the water. Mark the area with a wax pencil, marker or a piece of duct tape.

Sand the area of the leak lightly to smooth it out. Jagged edges protruding through the repair material will prevent the leak from sealing properly.

Follow the package directions with the JB Weld product. Some types must be kneaded together until they are a uniform color while others can be applied directly to the leak. It usually depends on the boat's material.

Apply the leak repair product on one leak at a time. Make sure you apply the product on the leak, inside the boat and on the outside. Smooth the product as much as you can with a putty knife.

Wait at least 24 hours before using the boat. This will give the repair product time to dry and seal securely.

Items you will need

  • JB Weld, for plastic or aluminum
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Marker or duct tape

About the Author

Gracie Sprouse has been writing professionally since 1976. Her areas of expertise are in antiques, crafts, real estate, income taxes and small businesses. Her education consists of an Associate of Applied Science with a business and accounting major from Piedmont Virginia Community College.

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