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2004 DAUNTLESS 220: Loose Fasteners
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posted 10-12-2006 09:33 PM ET (US)
While cleaning my 2004 220 Dauntless today, noticed that two of the six bolts holding the front fishing pedestal base were loose. After I checked, I just pulled them out with my hand. These are bolts, not wood type screws. Got home too late to call [the Boston Whaler factory]. Do these have some type of nut embedded in the fiberglass/starboard? Thanks.
posted 10-13-2006 08:48 AM ET (US)
The "wood" locating diagram for a 22' Dauntless shows 1/2" thick phenolic 3"x7" under the rectangular forward fishing seat pedestal base. That's a strong indication that the 1/4-20 flat head fastener went into a hole threaded into the phenolic. If you can't tighten up the fastener then the threaded phenolic would seem to be stripped. If you can gain access to the underside of the phenolic then you can simply use fender washers and nylock nuts to secure the loose fasteners. If there is no access you can either use a threaded insert such as a helicoil, or alternately you can try plugging the hole with marine-tex, then redrill and retap new threads. Good luck.
posted 10-13-2006 10:38 AM ET (US)
Talked to BW. Guy thinks mostly likely thing is phenolic was not in correct location and tapping was only into fiberglass. Makes sense since only the far right screws were loose. He is contacting my dealer. Probably means I will have to take boat out and put on trailer to have them fix it.
posted 11-13-2006 04:19 PM ET (US)
Took my 220D to shop on Fri. Fixed today. Problem was that factory had drilled 2 of 6 holes for threaded bolts that hold front fishing seat pedestal at an angle. Factory stripped threads on installation. Dealer redrilled and tapped next size larger. Phenolic plate was in correct location.
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