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leapinlunker posted 05-31-2003 09:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for leapinlunker   Send Email to leapinlunker  
I have the standard whaler swim platform on my Dauntlass 15 and 24 Outrage. The platform is coming off the 15 for sure as I am planning on installing a pair of smart tabs. This boat has a tendency to porpoise which I have neutralized with the application of a hydrofoil. However, I cannot get the trolling speed slow enough to catch the walleys here on Lake St. Clair so I wish to install a "happy troller" in lieu of the hydrofoil.

My dilema is this, the swim platform is bolted on and sealed with 3M 5200. Once the bolts are removed the platform will still be well attached to the transom with the adhesive. I plan on using a carpet knife to slice thru the initial seal around the platform, but how should I proceed to remove the platform from the adhesive which is surely layered between the platform and the transom?

Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks.

jimh posted 05-31-2003 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A chemical is now available to loosen the grip of cured 3M-5200. I do not know the name of it, but I suspect it is available at marine supply stores.

Moderate heat also is reported to help.

jaccoserv posted 06-01-2003 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
In that application, you can use a wire-type pvc pipe cutter. If you're not familiar with these, it is a 3' piece of cable with loops on each end as handles. You just start the wire on a corner and slide it back and forth. The whole deal will take you about 12 seconds. Try a hardware store, cost is about $4.00.
leapinlunker posted 06-01-2003 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for leapinlunker  Send Email to leapinlunker     
Thanks to both Jimh and Jaccoserv. I have one of those pipe cutters in my camping kit to use for cutting small limbs for camp fire. Good idea. Jim, will check with West Marine for adhesive removal. Thought about using acetone.
Rodger posted 06-03-2003 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
An alternate to consider is a hydrofoil/trolling plate combination such as the Troll 'n Plane by Dyco Marine. I have never used one however it seems like a good idea.
Rodger posted 06-03-2003 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
An alternate to consider is a hydrofoil/trolling plate combination such as the Troll 'n Plane by Dyco Marine. I have never used one however it seems like a good idea.

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