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Fastening Floorboards

Does anyone have a good solution for fastening floorboards down in the event of a knockdown/rollover?

Short of using screws, are there an easy to install latches, etc?

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Most cabin soles are screwed into place, itwhy would you want to fdo other wise? Can find quick release twist pins but they cost a small fortune even stated in boat $$$$. Screw the floor in except for bilge access..
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I think he meant the access boards.

put a small tab on one end so it hooks under the sole, at the other end cut a hole roughly 1.5 to 2 inches wide, then another on the edge to cross that hole and about an inch into the board on the other side , through the small hole on the edge slip a dowel or metal rod so it sticks into the large hole and sticks out about 1/2 inch, and into the hole on the other side by maybe 1/4 inch, a spring to fit around the the dowel/rod, and a small pin or bolt to fit through a hole oin the rod will function as a very easy and secure lock.
put a small dab of grease or something on the end of the rod, hold it back, close the hatch and press the pin against the floor, it will transfer a bit of grease to the floor where you drill a hole for the pin to lock into.

Sounds more involved than it realy is, you can make up a dozen locks in 20 minutes, for maybe $15. You can dress them up as much as you like, or go as spartan as described, simple sturdy and reliable

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pyi marine has a great solution

Pyi has a great floorboard hold down system
check it out.


http://www.pyiinc.com/index.phpsecti...tion=main&sn=1

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eric
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some of these are regular dzus type fasteners, check here if you want to go that route. Prices are much nicer.
if none of those meet your needs google for stainless dzus fasteners

http://www.milspecproducts.com/4000C-lock.htm



Ken
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