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post #320 of Old 01-17-2014
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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

Got my butyl tape from Maine Sail promptly. Now it is time to re-bed one chain plate. Water is coming in from this location, but it seems to be clear (no brown goo). However, the water is coming in and some of it is working its way to the back of the cabin. I have read so much on this subject that my head hurts. There is no way that I can completely dry out the area prior to the epoxy repair at this time. The flat plate on deck is held down by four screws (somewhat loose- easy to turn with a screwdriver), and by one horizontal pin. Would it be possible to perform a temporary repair by doing the following:
1- remove the turnbuckle and plate
2- clean and plug the area generously with butyl tape
3- reinstall the hardware, with the horizontal pin holding everything in place
Can I get by with this until next winter's haul-out?
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