SailNet Community - View Single Post - Seal companionway tracks to FG and gel coat.
View Single Post
Old 04-26-2010
zz4gta's Avatar
zz4gta zz4gta is offline
I don't discuss my member
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Posts: 2,462
Thanks: 0
Thanked 22 Times in 22 Posts
Rep Power: 8
zz4gta is on a distinguished road
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post

Through bolting them with the proper bedding compound would make them far more secure than using just a sealant alone, even 5200 wouldn't be as secure as having them through-bolted with a proper backing plate.

If you're worried about someone unscrewing the bolts... put a second locking nut on the inside...and that should prevent them from being unscrewed without access to the interior of the boat.
I'm not worried someone would unscrew them, if someone wants to get into a boat, they will.

I wanted a cleaner look that offers more resistance to water intrusion, and no more varnish or teak oil. The trim peices that are there now let in a lot of water, so redoing the hatch boards w/ acrylic and changing the tracks from 2 peice to a one peice C section track would help that. The track is only wide enough to fit the new boards in, no room for the heads of screws. The aluminum is also thin, so countersinking wouldn't leave much material for strength.

I'll try to get some pics this weekend.
Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook