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TomNMiami posted 11-26-2003 10:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for TomNMiami   Send Email to TomNMiami  
Does anyone know where to find replacement rubber 0-rings used on the inspection ports on a classic Outrage? One of mine dry rotted, and needs to be replaced.


Tom2697 posted 11-26-2003 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
Look in the yellow pages for an industrial supply shop (Motion Industries, Bearings, Inc., etc) in your area. Tell them the size that you need and they will probably have it in stock. Buying it thru this type of company should be much cheaper than thru a marine hardware store.
vkr posted 11-26-2003 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for vkr  Send Email to vkr     
Tom, see the OEM section and the "PYHI & BECKSON Deck Plates" topic. I haven't heard anything yet, but if I do I'll post the info or else make a phone call.
whalersman posted 11-26-2003 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     

You should have Beckson Deck Plates in your 1991 Outrage...
As vkr mentioned in his other post, he should hear back from Beckson soon... Maybe after Thanksgiving...


TomNMiami posted 11-27-2003 07:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomNMiami  Send Email to TomNMiami     
Per advice from this site, I contacted Beckson yesterday, and made the decision to replace all of the deck plates on my boat (some were pretty chipped up by the previous owner).

Should have them next Thursday, and replaced by the end of the weekend.

Thanks to all,


rayl posted 11-28-2003 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for rayl    
I saw at the Beckson website where you could order the gaskets from their on-line store. Shouldn't be a problem. I didn't order any yet, but will be doing so soon.


whalersman posted 11-28-2003 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     

Good one... I missed that link entirely on their page..
Looks like the O-rings are $2.80 for the 6 inch and $3.00 for the 8 inch..

Let us know how they work out. I have a complete set as I mentioned before but am going to try and get a few more years out of my original ones now that I have started replacing the rivets with SS screws and new silicone.

jimh posted 11-29-2003 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I use Vasoline to lubricate the rubber O-rings. I also carefully clean the surfaces of the deck portion of the inspection plate where the O-rings will bear. This seems to keep them happy. It also makes removing them much easier.
TomNMiami posted 11-29-2003 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomNMiami  Send Email to TomNMiami     

I've heard for many years that petrolium based products (ie Vasoline) breaks down rubber. For that reason, I use silicone on the O-rings.


jimh posted 11-30-2003 06:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Tom--Thanks for that information. A brief GOOGLE.COM search did turn up some other references to the problem of vaseline (or other petroleum based products) causing rubber to deteriorate.

One suggestion might be to use vaseline to soften the rubber (if needed), then wash it away and replace it with a silicon lubricant for long-term use.

whalersman posted 11-30-2003 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
Right on the instructions for my New Beckson Deck Plates, it says:

"Lubricate with Teflon Grease or Vaseline"

How can we argue with the manufacturer????

jimh posted 12-01-2003 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Even a more interesting point of information! Thanks, Joe.
tomroe posted 12-01-2003 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for tomroe  Send Email to tomroe     
Vaseline and other petroleum based lubricants are not to be used with LATEX rubber(s).

Didn't you guys learn anything in high school!!

I think most o-ring material is made to be in an oily environment.

lakeman posted 12-08-2003 07:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
On pool equipment, filter etc, they sell a special water grease, made for the o-rings, this might be a good product for the lubing and conditioning boat o-rings as well.

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