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Wanted to thank everyone for the input. I'm going to check on the boat over the weekend and survey the situation more closely. I guessed ( based on the screw head type) they were simply screwed threw the fiberglass into the wooding core. But it does seem more likely to be throughbolted with a nut ( & backing plate ) for extra strenght.
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On a Sabre 28, which is a fairly well-made boat, I'd expect them to be through bolted. The only way I can see them being screwed to the deck is if the PO re-did them in a very half-assed way.
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Right again saildog ! Just looking through my old posts to see if there was any new information. And you are right , they are nuts and bolts, some with backer plates, so i need 2 people for the job.
I've assembled the parts and tools for the job and waiting 'till next sunday/monday, for my Dad to help with the removal, rebedding and replacement. I know it's fathers day weekend & i have some guilt about putting the old guy to work. but he gets to race my sabre this saturday, our sailing club has a fathers day race.
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Found a nice way to make this a one man job. Use a hack saw to cut a notch into a nut of the same size as the one on your bolt. From below put this nut onto the bolt and clamp it with vise grips. this will keep the bolt from spinning. you can then hold the bolt still, and twist the holding nut with another wrench. works nicely.
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Found a nice way to make this a one man job. Use a hack saw to cut a notch into a nut of the same size as the one on your bolt. From below put this nut onto the bolt and clamp it with vise grips. this will keep the bolt from spinning. you can then hold the bolt still, and twist the holding nut with another wrench. works nicely.
I'm not sure I really followed you on the notch thing, but I've definitely used vice grips to hold nuts while I spin the bolt. Generally there is something in the way to keep the vice grips from turning...

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I'm not sure I really followed you on the notch thing, but I've definitely used vice grips to hold nuts while I spin the bolt. Generally there is something in the way to keep the vice grips from turning...
I did not follow the notch thing either. I have also worked on boats that you could not get a vise grip into the area to keep the nut from spinning.
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Thanks for resurrecting this thread... i will be re-bedding at some point this fall. What i'm unclear about is what kind of sealant to use... not 5200, that much i know.
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I rebedded a stanchion and my pushpit (along with some other assorted deck hardware) this spring and I used 3M101 - a polysulfide sealant. It has relatively low adhesive power, but will stay soft and watertight for a long time. It is also easy to remove WHEN you have to remove it.

And as Halekai will be quick to point out, you don't need a ton of adhesive power on such a strong mechanical attachment.

I would second other's comments here and over-drill-and-fill all holes, then countersink the new ones.
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I used silkaflex 291, because it does have a good adhesive power and is flexable.

If you drill new holes you may want to pot them with epoxy, you may also want to do that even if you don't drill new holes.
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If the fastener holes go through cored laminate and you're not sure about whether the holes were properly potted or not... you should definitely pot them before proceeding. If you're going to bother with all this work, you might as well do it right.
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