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newt posted 10-22-2002 11:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for newt   Send Email to newt  
'84 Montauk. I have securely anchored the bowrail to the hull, tightened all the fittings and applied locktite, but still have terrible rattling.

The problem is where the vertical stanchions go thru the circular part of the supports that attatch to the side of the hull. Has anyone tried pouring liquid rubber, or some sort of material into the round part (female) to tighten up the fit?

jameso posted 10-22-2002 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
newt,
Strange that some of those stand-offs are snug and some aren't. I bought several bits and pieces some are tight and some aren't.
I think a bit of 5200 is in order here. Maybe mask the lower part with tape then squeeze a little 5200 or RTV on the upper side and allow it to flow down.
Hope this helps, I am considering doing some myself.
Jim
newt posted 10-22-2002 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Jameso,

Good idea, initially I thought the 5200 was too thick and sticky, but I seam to recall seeing a very fluid version of sealant made by LifeCaulk or someone. Maybe I'll pick some up.

lhg posted 10-22-2002 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Just slide in a little piece of some household plastic material as a shim.
Sixer posted 10-22-2002 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
Cut up a plastic milk carton and shim it with that. Cheap and easy.
Taylor posted 10-22-2002 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Last time this question was asked, I had some sort of highly thought out but completly untested idea involving trinangular pieces of mylar drawing film. Sounds silly now, and I've still not had a change to buy any.

Use what is on hand. I found that black electrical tape worked just fine. Take out the screws that hold the standoff to the hull and lift the standoff up. Wrap a turn or two of electrical tape around the tube. Carefully push the standoff back into postion and screw it back to the hull. Not every try worked, sometimes the tape will peel off.

Worked well for me.

PFSQUAN posted 10-22-2002 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for PFSQUAN  Send Email to PFSQUAN     
I tried clear silicone caulk after masking off the fittings. It helps. I have to replace a few of the stand-offs this winter and I am going to recaulk. The problem I encountered was making a smooth edge. I guess I'll just practice some more. Anything to squelch that rattle!

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