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TightPenny posted 09-05-2001 09:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for TightPenny   Send Email to TightPenny  
The bow rail on my 2000 Montauk came from the factory attached with #10 screws. Twice these have sheared off below the glass level due to The Barnegat Bay and the Barnegat Inlet conditions.

Initially the dealer just replaced the screws. After the second screw failure, I called Boston Whaler, and got wonderful cooperation from their customer service department. It was great calling a number and not getting anything but humans on the line.

The fix was to replace the screws with 1/4" standard machine bolts. The mounting phenolic pieces had to be drilled and tapped.

Pelican Harbor did a quick and neat repair job on the boat. I couldn't ask for better cooperation. Kudos to Woody and Judy.

Taylor posted 09-05-2001 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
> The mounting phenolic pieces had to be drilled and tapped.

Can you elaborate on this? Are we talking something that is already embedded in the hull?

triblet posted 09-05-2001 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Behind the glass where screws have to go in
are pieces of phenolic "plastic" as a backing
plate. It's called WhalerWood IIRC. The
cheap brown printed wiring boards are
phenolic. (the good ones are epoxy).

The fact that the #10 screws broke rather
than pulling out says something for the
strength of WhalerWood.


TightPenny posted 09-10-2001 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
The fix seems to have worked. I was out in the Atlantic on Saturday, and took a few (almost nine miles) shots when heading back into the wind to get to the Barnegat Inlet.

The bow rail held, but the gps mount busted pretty good, and the fire extinguisher vibrated loose. Oh well more work to keep me out of trouble.

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