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trainer posted 04-16-2001 06:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for trainer   Send Email to trainer  
The screws holdong the rail into my boat have pulled through. Any suggestions other than epoxy into the holes. Thanks, I looked over the last 100 days of posts and did not see any other ideas.
mmeany posted 04-16-2001 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for mmeany  Send Email to mmeany     
I have the same issue in a couple of locations. The best way I can think to do it is to drill the hole slightly larger and epoxy in a wooden dowel. After it has set up, predrill for the proper screw and reassemble. There is a 3M product listed on this board that people seem to like that will allow future disassembly. I've been given a couple suggestions like using an expansion plug (like they use to hange pictures in sheetrock) and even told to simply use a larger screw but I intend to use the 3M product or the dowel trick.
lhg posted 04-16-2001 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have this same problem on my 89 25 Outrage. Someone at a Whaler Dealership told me to drill the holes out to about 1/2", well into, or through, the plywood backer plate, and re-fill with "marinetex". Then re-drill and install.

Can anyboady else help out here? I know West has a procedure for this in their Fiberglass Boat repair manual, but it seems like more work!

ron miller posted 04-18-2001 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for ron miller  Send Email to ron miller     
Through experience, I found the best way, is to remove the old anchors, from the manufactor, use a small alien wrench in a drill, feed the l shape into the existing hole, low speeds, remove the inner core material, use a vacuum to remove the material and fill it with two part epoxy, let dry, then drill and retap or screw..
trainer posted 04-24-2001 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for trainer  Send Email to trainer     
When I got the rail off I found that it had been repaired more than once. The fiberglass and cloth repairs had failed. The epoxy repairs had held for the most part. I drilled all holes out 1.5 inches deep with a 1/2 bit and filled with marninetex. Then when dry (24+ hours) I redrilled and used longer screws (14x1.25) and it holds great. We will see how long it lasts. Thanks for the advice

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