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Deck plate on cambered cabintop?

I just bought a 4" Nicro Day&Night 2000 to install in the roof of the head compartment on my Pearson 30. The directions say (3 times) that the deck plate cannot be installed where the camber is more than 1/2" over a foot. I'm at a bit over an inch.

Has anyone found a way around this? Could I build up the deck surface with fiberglass or a block of wood? Other ideas?

I desperately need more ventilation, and the boat is just small enough that it's hard to imagine where else to put this thing.

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You can build up the deck with either a fairing block or using epoxy/fiberglass. Either should work. The epoxy/fiberglass is probably a bit easier to do. If the deck is cored in the area, don't forget to pot the opening and boltholes properly.
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I think both of the ideas are great and combinable. Use the flat teak plate as your top mont for the nicro and fair it to the camber in your deck. West Systems has instructions on how to do this. It's mainly mixing up some tickened epoxy and filling underneath the block or nicro plate and the deck. You must clean and sand the area first. Taping off the areas where you do not want the epoxy to drip out is good too. The mixture should be very stiff close to peanut butter. I think West Systems calls for 404 as filler but you should look that up as my memory... What was I writing about. Good luck. If you need more info I can drag out the book and look it up - when I get to the boat in the a.m..
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I just installed the 3" version on my boat. If I'm not mistaken I think the installation instructions say if you bed the plate with 5200 instead of screwing into the deck this is an approved method.
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I just installed the 3" version on my boat. If I'm not mistaken I think the installation instructions say if you bed the plate with 5200 instead of screwing into the deck this is an approved method.
Oh, I didn't read it that way. I wouldn't think 5200 would be sufficient as an adhesive. I thought they meant that if you had a camber within the specifications they list (1/2" over 12"), you should bed it.

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I went back and read my instructions again. I suppose you do have too much camber for that. 5200 is a pretty good adhesive though.
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I would not use 5200 and I would screw into the deck. sikaflex 291 or even 4200 for this.
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Don't use 5200 for this.
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Why don't you just install it where the camber is not that much? I personally install them into the actual hatches I have. My Barberis has them installed in 3 of the hatches. Yes it does take away from picture viewing - but it makes practical sense... If I am not mistaken a Pearson has a window hatch forward of the mast?
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