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I''m in the process of bedding new vhf and masthead light hardware. Have removed the old and let the damp plywood core dry thoroughly. Also have removed about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rotted wood around the circumference of the hole. Will be filling hole with epoxy and letting dry thoroughly prior to redrilling. I read that to drill a hole of 3/4 inches should be done with a ''paddle'' bit as opposed to a ''spade'' bit, but I''ve been unable to find any information
about them. Any ideas on finding a paddle bit and / or doing the work described above?

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Are they not the same? I am guessing that what is being advised is to use a spade/paddle bit that has "spurs" that scribe the outside of the hole leaving a smoother hole finish.

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I''m getting the impression they are one and the same. The article I read was ''Drilling and Filling Holes in Your Boat'' by Sue & Larry. Here''s the partial quote: ". If your hole needs to be larger than a half inch,...you should consider using either a hole saw or a paddle bit." I searched numerous commercial drill bit supply houses online and nowhere was a ''paddle bit'' to be found. I have a good carbide ''spade bit'' at home, so I''ll use that and should be good to go.

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Paddle bits for drilling decks

Paddle and spade bits are the same esentually. you might consider a hole saw as you might run into difficulty trying to cut thru epoxy and filler with a paddle bit.
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