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Repair question?????

I took the wood that runs along the seams of my boat off and it looks like the putty or whatever is used to seal the joint has rotted. Ive scraped off the old putty but I am not quite sure what to replace it with. Any kind of help with this would be appreciated!

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Got a pic or two that you can post?.......
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it's a wooden boat? if so its most likely "bedding compound" (it's like caulking that never gets hard.) Jamestown distributiors or Hamilton Marine in Maine would be good sources for that type of stuff. $est marine should have it too. good luck
PS don't use 5200 if you ever want to remove it again! eek!
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No the boat is fiberglass. Its a Dockrell 22
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You can clamp the 2 x 4 or whatever size board you need to the side of the boat where you need the seat. Then epoxy and fiberglass the 2 x 4 to the side of the boat. When it is dry remove the clamps and do the part you couldn't do because the clamps were in the way. Screw a nice board for the seat into the tabbed 2 x 4's.
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yep I did, I was responding to an answer rather then the question, sorry. boatlife would be one thing you could use.
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im guessing i should use some sort of epoxy?
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Without a good look, I'd suggest using 3M 4200, especially if it's one flat surface being adhered to another flat surface. Down the road some day, if you need to remove it, make a garrot with two pieces of 1" dowels(7" long), with 20" of piano wire attached to each. Work this along the seam back and forth 'til it seperates.

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By seams of your boat...I assume you are referring to the hull to deck joint.
This joint is usually made with bolts (or screws in less well made hulls) and adhesive compound (4200, silkaflex etc.) between the two halves. The proper solution involves loosening the bolts, scraping the old compound out and putting new in. But often the bolts are hidden or buried or tough to get at. Epoxy is not a good solution as the joint needs some flexibility.
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