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Soho posted 09-13-2001 03:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for Soho   Send Email to Soho  
Well, I have bitten the bullet and am having my 67 Nauset Awlgripped starting Saturday - after having spent a lifetime it seems taking all the paint off her that was on from a previous owner. As part of this whole preparation exercise I filled all the old screw holes on the interior. Actually I drilled them out slightly and filled with West etc. My question now; should I predrill the new holes for the railings etc before I have the boat painted, or should I wait till after it is all painted and drill then ? My thinking is that if I pre-drill I will not run the risk of paint chips etc and it will just be generally easier to put things back together. Any comments anybody?
Thanks in advance,


dfmcintyre posted 09-13-2001 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Ron -

Good question. While I didn't have any chipping problem with new paint, I'd lean toward's drilling prior to paint, as that it eliminates the following thought process:

"Damn, just where/how does this bracket, fitting, clamp, etc. get mounted on the boat?"


kingfish posted 09-13-2001 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

That sounds like it's coming from someone who's "...been there, done that..." ;-)


Soho posted 09-14-2001 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
I actually have come out at the same conclusion in terms of the "where did this go ?" issue. Right now I have pretty little targets of West to drill into... I will turn it into Swiss Cheese tonight....

Thanks for the advice,


JB posted 09-14-2001 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for JB  Send Email to JB     
To get rid of the "where does this go" syndrome, if you own a digital camera, take an ample amount of pictures beforehand. If your hair has long turned grey or white, use your old polaroid or, if your disciplined enough, a regular camera.

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