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My old Coleman had a hole from a friend dragging it across rocks, right on the keel. I bought a rubber kitchen glove. Flexed the canoe so the aluminum keel member separated from the hull, and slid the glove in, then released it. The tube clamped the glove in well enough that the leakage was about what was coming in from the paddles, etc. That "repair" held for years, until I sold the canoe, and that friend removed the glove to attempt (unsuccessfully) to repair the hole. That was 15 years ago, and I think I'll be getting the old girl back soon.
you can buy a toggle bolt, that has a foldable wing to insert into the hole put a reasonably thick rubber washer larger than the hole with a metal washer on the outside of it and tighten n place put a dab of silicone around the bolt head that meets the washer. im doing the same thing.
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