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sr posted 07-25-2001 08:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for sr   Send Email to sr  
a-hoy! As part of my planned maintenance I'd like to remove all the fittings and re-seal the screws while reassembling so as to keep the wood cleats from rotting. Could someone explain the procedure for me. I'm thinking it would be good to run an undersized sharp drillbit in by hand to clean out the old seal?
sr posted 08-02-2001 12:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for sr  Send Email to sr     
Tom W Clark posted 08-02-2001 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You don't say what and how old your boat is, but if the fittings are original and have not been removed before then there will not be any sealant or caulk in the holes. Just remove the screws and use some white polyurethane caulk like 3M 4200, 5200 or Sika 1A, 231, 240, 241 or a polysulphide like 3M 101.

Don't ream out the holes with a drill bit! You don't want to loose any "purchase" for the screws if you can avoid it.

As you pull the screws you can inspect the holes for signs of moisture and rot in the wood. If you find any soft wood then you will have to do something a little more involved.

Makonut posted 08-02-2001 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
IF you happen to find the soft or that R word (rot)..You might want to buy "Git Rot" can be purchased at almost any marine store. Its not a sure cure, but does inhibit the spread of moisture and more rot. (I lived with it with a glass over wood deck)

sr posted 08-08-2001 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for sr  Send Email to sr     
thank you guys. I don't have any problems now. The hull is a 91, I have just noticed that some of the screws accept an eigth turn or so, just wear over the years. I figured that just tightening them without resealing would leave a fissure in the old sealants that may allow water to migrate into the wood. Want to keep her nice for as long as possible.

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