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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

What modifications in this procedure would be recommended if I was mounting a small clete in the cockpit on a piece of mahogany that would be attached to the cockpit combing. Would you still recommend using butyl tape between the wood piece and the fiberglass combing. In other words, I want to mount a small clete to terminate a furling line, but I want it elevated about an inch above the combing for ease of use. So I made a small round piece of mahogany which I will epoxy clear and varnish just big enough to firmly mount the small clete. Then I simply planned to use four mounting bolts and drill through the wood and fiberglass to a backing plate or 4 washers so the clete, wood and fiberglass is all bolted together. Any other suggestions?

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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

I have stanchions that are held down with screws, not thru bolted. Can butyl tape still be used?
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i have stanchions that are held down with screws, not thru bolted. Can butyl tape still be used?
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I have stanchions that are held down with screws, not thru bolted. Can butyl tape still be used?
The only real condition necessary for butyl tape is that something else is fastening the pieces together - buyl is sticky but not an adhesive. In this case you have that with the screws so I think that will work...as long as you trust the screws. That's not considered a very robust method for fastening stanchions.
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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

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I am very interested in the advice on resealing fixed ports that are attached with screws all around with no frame. Can I just use butyl or do I need to us it in combination a sealant?
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Like I said above, so long as the screws are adequately fastening the ports I'd think butyl is perfect.

EDIT: Maine Sail and chrisncate said the same thing a page back as well.

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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

This was a great post - nice photos and lots of detail. Thanks for taking the time to share!

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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

I installed my deck hardware 7 years ago, and no leaks as of yet!
I have a foam cored deck, and dug out the foam core around the fitting holes using an allen wrench. First I drilled the hole through the top deck layer and through the foam, but not through the inner fiberglass layer. Previously I prepared my reaming out tool - an allen key - I sharpened the short end into a knife and put the long end in a drill. Then I inserted the knife end into the hole and ran the drill. Bits of foam came out the hole. I vacuumed the bits out of the hole and filled it with epoxy. After it set I re-drilled the fitting hole all the way through. Now I can't crush the deck and if the fitting leaks it doesn't penetrate into the foam. I used life-calk on the threads and under the fittings. I tightened once and have had no leaks at all on the hundreds of holes needed to set all the fittings.
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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

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Fall temps are setting in and I am still waiting for my new plexi windows for my Edel 665. Hopefully they will be here for this weekend. (free so I cannot whine too much)
How cold can it be and still be ok to use butyl tape to seal these windows?
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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

Wow, excellent post! I've struggled with bedding hardware for years. Currently, my lifeline stantions are bedded with WEST, but I like your butyl idea better. Great use of clear lexan to show the effectiveness.
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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

This is def a great thread.

I just purchased a roll of butyl tape from a local RV store for around $6.50. 3/4" x 30' roll
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