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flush mount bolts?

Hello all

Currently my cockpit floor is a sheet of fiberglass that sits loose. There are bolt hole to secure it but I prefer to leave it loose for quick access to the engine. I would like to secure using some type of quick release flush mount bolt system, can anyone provide me with an online resource for this type of product?

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Expensive, but should fit the bill: PYI Inc. Max-Prop PSS Shaft Seal Seaview Radar Mounts R&D

These are generally used to latch down cabin floorboards that access the bilge for offshore work.
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I would definitely recommend securing it... since, if you get knocked down right now, you could lose it over the side... and that would leave your engine wide open to water flooding in...not a good idea..

A better idea might be to hinge the cockpit sole so that you can open it like a trapdoor.
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I've never been a fan of hinges for things that need to seal water tight. The sealing action itself needs pressure, and most hinges aren't able to take the loads required in the direction it's applied. Then when it's open, you often have the 'door' in the way of what you're trying to do.

My preference would be to use the fasteners SVCarolena linked, or google dzus fasteners, available in many styles and materials. Many have captive fasteners with D-rings so you have easy tool free opening and don't have to worry about lost fasteners.

They also have them with toggle type handles, where you secure them then press the toggle down for quick tight sealing.

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Properly installed hinges that are through-bolted do allow you to seal a hatch. Also, there are hinges that allow the door to be removed if necessary.

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I've never been a fan of hinges for things that need to seal water tight. The sealing action itself needs pressure, and most hinges aren't able to take the loads required in the direction it's applied. Then when it's open, you often have the 'door' in the way of what you're trying to do.

My preference would be to use the fasteners SVCarolena linked, or google dzus fasteners, available in many styles and materials. Many have captive fasteners with D-rings so you have easy tool free opening and don't have to worry about lost fasteners.

They also have them with toggle type handles, where you secure them then press the toggle down for quick tight sealing.

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