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post #16 of Old 02-23-2007
1970Columbia34
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I overside all the holes in me deck for the Genoa tracks, cleats, stantions, windlass holes. I have mixed feelings on the 2 day process of bedding and tightening of bolts. I see the side of making a gasket between the 2 surfaces but with a gasket you have now created flex between to parts and flexing will lead to leaks. I think in my opinion the better way is to counter sink the deck and the hardware hole just a bit to give a place for the sealant to pool. making a o-ring at the bolt, and tighted the bolt 100%. Because having sealant under a plate is not really doing anything, its at the bolt where it need to be sealed. Plus with the holes oversized epoxyed and re-drilled if it leaks its just into the cabin and not the core.
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