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JeepRob posted 09-05-2004 10:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for JeepRob  
I have a 150 Sport that I purchased new this spring. The screws on the anchor locker hinges and the screws on the forward seat hinges are loose. I have retightned the screws, but they are loose again.
What say you, fellow Whalers?
dittybag54 posted 09-05-2004 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
Rob, my feeling is that the best way to deal with this would be to call your dealer; especially since you are under warranty.

That being said; my 130 Sport was trailered about 350 miles and when I looked in the cockpit floor, there was a screw rolling around. It had worked all the way out. Every single screw on the console seat was loose when I checked them. The screws holding the seat to the deck and the screws holding the console to the seat were all tightened. In my case I simply put a lttle silicone sealant on the screws because they still had plenty of bite. The silicone should stop the vibration and loosening; have so far anyway. If they had not had really good bite then I likely would have filled the hole with a thick mix of epoxy and filler and then redrilled them. My seat has a lot of flex when someone is sitting on it in a chop, plus, all that road bounce. Your 150 seat should not have that kind of flex and the anchor locker hinge loosening definitely shouldn't be happening.

Other folks here will have other suggestions, of course. Once again, my first (and second) thought is that you should give your dealer a call and let them handle it. Mine is so far away that it is not very feasible so little things are done here at the house out of neccessity.

tully_mars posted 09-06-2004 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Well, I haven't had a boat yet where the screws stayed solid that didn't have 5200 in with them. Inherently fiberglass just doesn't hold screws well IMO since it strips easily and manufacturers don't thread the holes for the screws.

Anytime I find a loose screw in an area, I always keep in my tools on the boat a tube of 5200 fast cure. I then just pull the screw and fill the hole with 5200 and re-insert the screw. If it is stripped out I will go back with the next size screw if a fit is possible. If that doesn't work then I lightly drill the hole to clean it out and fill with marinetex (injected with a syringe) and redrill and tap.

You'll be back to the dealer over and over if you just don't handle it yourself.

Capt. Tully Mars

bigjohn1 posted 09-07-2004 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     

Sorry to hear of this, most especially since I am about to take delivery of a new Montauk soon. That said, I agree with Capt Tully (and dittybag) in what they have done. The crappy thing about this, as the Captain states, is that the dealer isn't going to be able to do much more than what he suggests - either put oversize screws in there or "doctor" your present screws with 5200 or some other marine epoxy and redrill the holes. Its a crappy deal indeed but not like a simple problem with your motor where the dealer merely replaces a part (or two) and you're back up.

I do think the factory needs to hear about this and just maybe they'll come out with some sort of stronger backing (wood, fiberglass, etc) to thread those screws into on future boats. Still, it isn't going to help you much in your current predicament. Good luck and I feel your pain,
Big John

outrage 93 posted 09-07-2004 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for outrage 93  Send Email to outrage 93     
I just had the yard fix the bow rails on my 1993. They were loose and stripped. It cost $300.00 to fill in the holes and replace the screws with larger ones. it is now TIGHT like my wallet after the bill!

Let them warranty!

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