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BarryL
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Re: Epoxy screws

Hey,

I had a similar situation with a old plastic WaterTender dinghy. After years of dragging it up and down the sand the 'skeg' wore though and allowed water to get between the outer and inner plastic. It still floated fine but got real heavy to drag up the beach. I got a few more years out of it by gluing a wood strip onto the skeg.

I tried your solution of epoxy and an aluminum strip but the aluminum was too brittle and broke off. The wood lasted longer but it was hard to get a water tight seal with epoxy.

My ultimate solution was to by a new Watertender 9.4 for $500 (when on sail). I figured it would last 20 years so I would be ok. It was stolen this spring but that's another story.

Good luck,
Barry

Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

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