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joem posted 06-15-2001 08:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for joem   Send Email to joem  
I have just replaced a [tow] eye. [T]he new one is much smaller than the old one. Can I fill [in] the holes with 5200, or do I need to fill in with something else[?] The holes are about 1/4 inch deep. [There are] 5 small holes.


jimh posted 06-16-2001 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am a bit confused as to how replacing one towing eye created five holes.

3M-5200 is an adhesive which is also used as a bedding compound. It has a reputation for extreme tenacity. Once you install something with 3M-5200 it becomes "permanent."

I would not use it as a filler compound to make repairs or fill in holes in the laminate and gelcoat. Gelcoat patch or epoxy plus gelcoat patch are more suitable for that type of repair.

jimh posted 06-16-2001 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Also, if the replacement towing eye is much smaller, are you confident it is a proper replacement? It can't be the same strength as the original.
joem posted 06-16-2001 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for joem  Send Email to joem     
I got this as a replacement from the local BW dealer in Orange Beach he got it from BW factory. The dealer service man told me to secure the eye with 5200. I really don't know much about boats That is why I am asking the question. The holes are from the original toe eye that rusted off while I was pulling the boat out of the water a week and 1/2 ago. I also lost my propeller when the boat fell into the water.I am going to ask a lot more question in the future to try to avoid making as many mistakes as I have since I have purchased the boat.

Thanks for any help

Joe M.

jimh posted 06-16-2001 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You can use 3M-5200 to bed or seal hardware, but just make sure it is hardware you don't think you'll be removing any time soon. It is a pain to remove something fastened with 5200.

If Whaler gave you the parts, I would presume they must be alright. Strange that there is such a size difference.

If the "hole" you are in need of filling are just 1/4-inch deep, they sound like candidates for some gelcoat patch.

Where are the holes located?

I am still confused how one new tow eye created five holes.

The important thing is to preserve the water-tight integrity of the hull. You don't want any water getting into the interior foam of the hull-cockpit structure.


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