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dreamer posted 03-10-2004 12:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for dreamer   Send Email to dreamer  
Recently purchased SS "T" fittings from Sue at TC marine.
The fittings have a strange oblong recess at the screw holes. Sue got these from Fred at CMI. I emailed a photo to her which she forwarded to Fred. Fred responded that this is just the way Boston Whaler makes them.
I asked Chuck Bennett and he said they looked ok to him.
When I place a screw into the fitting screw hole, what remains visually is a weird looking oblong recess space next to the screw head.
Anyone know what the heck gives???? I absolutely know this is not correct, because my rusty old fittings are not recessed.
Tom W Clark posted 03-10-2004 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
dreamer,

I think that is normal. I've seen hem that way.

Two possibilities:

1) The elongation of the hole allows some margin of error for drilling and tapping of the hole in the rail tubing. Remember that most fitting merely rely upon a set screw to dig into the rail a wee bit, while the Whaler fitting tap the set screw into the rail itself.

2) Production (casting) variation.

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