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Old 06-20-2013
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Epoxy screws

I just did something that I'm hoping will work.

I have an old beater sailing dinghy I use as a tender that has been dragged across rocks and sand for a few years.

It has a skeg about on inch thick and four inches deep.
The gel coat on the bottom of the skeg has been rubbed off for some time but I figured the skeg was a solid piece of wood encapsulated in glass so I didn't worry about it too much.

I was wrong the skeg shape is molded fiberglass no thicker than the rest of the boat.
If finally wore though and started to leak.
I glassed it up and figured I could glue a piece of aluminum to the bottom for protection. I bought 5200 but rather than wasting a tube of the expensive stuff I tried something else.

I drilled a few holes in the aluminum strap and counter sunk them just as if I was going to screw it on with flat head screws.
I then bedded the strap in thickened epoxy including the screw holes.
This makes an epoxy flat head screw which I hope will mechanically help the strap stay attached to the bottom.

I'll keep an eye on it.
Worst that will happen is that it will fall off.
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