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John from Madison CT posted 09-22-2002 06:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for John from Madison CT   Send Email to John from Madison CT  
The leaning post on my '88 22' Boston Whaler Outrage is real loose. The screws have worked there way out and screwing them back in doesn't cut it anymore.

I was wondering if there is an epoxy or something similar that I can put in the whole, let it dry real hard, then re-drill and put another wood screw in.

BTW, I cannot easily access the underside without removing the whole center console, then the floor access hatch. (big job)

Also, there is not enough room underneath to get a good sized toggle bolt. The clearence between the underside wood and the gas tank is no more than 1/2"-3/4".


Appreciate the help.


John from Madison, CT

PFSQUAN posted 09-23-2002 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for PFSQUAN  Send Email to PFSQUAN     
John, I would remove all of the screws and let the area dry out a few weeks. Then, I'd pack the old old holes with a mash of chopped glass and epoxy or polyester. Finally, I would turn the bases and drill new holes in undrilled areas.
newt posted 09-23-2002 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
John,

I just fixed a stripped out bow rail screw by drilling the screwhole out with a 1/2" bit (to get all of the punky wood out), and filled the hole with west sytem pure epoxy.

I drilled a pilot hole and screwed in the original #10 screw. It's the most solid bow rail connection on my boat. This may be the easiest fix for you.

John from Madison CT posted 09-24-2002 07:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Well guys, thanks for the help.

For now I am trying a quick fix until the winter when I can do it right.

I slightly drilled out the whole to clean them up a bit and but in Marine-Tex.

Hopefully this will get me thru this season, then when the boat is home for the winter I can get serious with the epoxy.

I'll let you know how it goes.

John from Madison, CT

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