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cape_rover posted 06-22-2003 07:16 AM ET (US)   Profile for cape_rover   Send Email to cape_rover  
I have a 15' whaler. Pulling a lobster trap that was half sanded in, caused the bow cleat to fold in half. The folded in part of the fix is easy since it is just threaded rod. The difficult part is that I now have a hole about the size of a dime where the bow cleat goes through.

Any idea on how to repair this hole? My bow cleat takes alot of abuse pulling traps so I need something STRONG to fill in the hole. I was thinking of filling the hole in with Marine Tex and then drilling it out to fit the threaded rod through, but I'm not sure marine tex would be strong enough.

cape_rover posted 06-22-2003 07:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for cape_rover  Send Email to cape_rover     
PS - What I'm calling a cleat is accurately called a "Norman pin"
cape_rover posted 06-23-2003 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for cape_rover  Send Email to cape_rover     
I decided to use West System to repair the area. Does anyone know if West system epoxy will eat the foam in the hull?
jameso posted 06-23-2003 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Sounds like you need to stop using the Norman pin to pull a trap. I don't think they were designed for that, the BW literature expressly says do not lift the boat by the pin, I have no idea of the working strenght of it but it is not near as much as the lifting eyes.
As for the West I think you need to use polyester in the foam areas.
My 02 Jim Armstrong

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