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SpeedBump posted 02-10-2004 08:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for SpeedBump   Send Email to SpeedBump  
I removed the lifting and bow eyes on my nauset for cleaning and polishing. I noted there is an "o" ring or rubber washer on the bow eye at the outside flange, but none on the stern lifting eyes. Is sealant recommended on the shaft of these fittings for reinstallation? I am mostly concerned with the bow eye as it is closest to the waterline.
OutrageMan posted 02-10-2004 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I would bed them with 5200.


hooter posted 02-11-2004 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
With all due respect, that 3M 5200 will cure hard as concreke and outlast the hull, the millenium and prob'ly the planet. Use 3M's 4200 if you think you (or a future owner) might EVER want to remove those eyes again. If you're not too concerned about that future owner, screw 'im and use the 5200.
Eddie Mucciolo posted 02-11-2004 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eddie Mucciolo  Send Email to Eddie Mucciolo     
use 4200
Tom W Clark posted 02-11-2004 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
3M 5200 will not "cure hard as concreke". It will get become pretty tough though and this is one situation where there is enough surface area in contact with the gel coat that I would tend not to use 5200 to bed the eyes in place. 3M 4200, 101, Sika 231 might be better choices.

If you are inquiring about putting something on the threads themselves to insure the hardware does not unscrew itself, use Loctite (or equivalent) as Whaler did at the factory.

SpeedBump posted 02-11-2004 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for SpeedBump  Send Email to SpeedBump     
Thanks for the feedback. I am a bit concerned @ using 5200. It is mighty strong stuff and my main concern is bedding to seal out water getting to the wood in the bow not for the adheasive qualities of fastening the fixtures.

I'll probably go with the Sika on each end of the fitting along with a fresh o ring on the outside where the fitting meets the gelcoat. wipe off any that gets squeezed out when the fixtures are drawn tight. lock tite on the threads is a good suggestion.

Following my original post I used the search function and found lots of good suggestions for similar maintenance issues.

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