SailNet Community - View Single Post - Keel nuts, bolts, loctite, et al..
View Single Post
  #1  
Old 04-27-2008
rperret's Avatar
rperret rperret is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Western Long Island Sound
Posts: 221
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
rperret is on a distinguished road
Keel nuts, bolts, loctite, et al..

Wanted to confirm something with the group.

I replaced the keel nuts and washers on my boat with some stainless backing plates, new washers and nuts. The keel studs are stainless, and I replaced with all stainless nuts and washers.

I was told that when you replaced the nuts with similar metal ie stainless nuts to stainless keel stud that if you don't use a threadlocker they will work lose. And therfore that is why some boat builders had used mild steel nuts.

True or false?

I will say that when I replaced the nuts and torqued them (w/o loctite) a week later they had backed off somewhat and were not torqed. I just put on loctite blue today. So we'll see. As background - when i removed the old bolts - they did not have a threadlocker and they were easy to remove with a small socket wrench.

Rick
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook