You don't know me or what my background is, or what experience I have, yet you think you have the ability to comment on it. I hate to break it to you, but I'm not the only one on this forum that feels this way about 5200. Maine Sail, among many others, has posted on this very topic quite a bit. I've also been working on boats since I was about 12 off-and-on, of all different sorts, both power and sail and base what I say on my experience with the stuff.
The fact that you leap to such conclusions say a lot about what kind of person you are and how intelligent you are.
The issues with 5200 are that it is not really a sealant but an adhesive. If you ever have to remove the hardware that has been bedded with 5200, you often have to use far too much force and can end up doing damage to the boat. The adhesion strength of 5200 is enough that it can peel the gelcoat off the laminate in many cases. If the hardware is properly installed with through-bolts, there is absolutely no reason to use such a product. There is very little hardware on a boat that will not have to be removed periodically, if only to be re-bedded or inspected. 5200 makes that nearly impossible to do in a reasonable fashion.
While I agree that Don Casey has more experience than me...I believe, with good reason, that his advice to allow sealants to cure and then to fully tighten the nuts is badly given. It isn't effective, and if the fastener holes are properly countersunk, totally unnecessary.
Microsoft is successful because they sell a lot of stuff through great marketing not because their products always work.
The contractor I refer is successful because the work he does always works and never fails and he does it on VERY expensive boats where shoddy or unsuccessful work is not an option.
It's a poor analogy. Oh and I believe Don Casey has also had the benefit of extensive experience and may I say, probably more than you? So you have used the stuff once or twice on a cheap, probably highly flexible boat and it didn't work for you so now it's OK to trash the product on the internet?
I think you owe it to members here not to pass on spurious information based on your failures. Unless of course you can provide reasonably extensive professionally-verified records of product failure in which case I will retract and apologise (do not read this as a retraction or apology).
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