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clutch/winch fastening

I''m thinking of running my halliards and topping lift aft to facilitate single-handing. Any advice on securing the clutches and winches firmly to the cabin top?
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clutch/winch fastening

If you have a headliner inside the boat, some sort of access hole will have to be made to get to the under side of the deck. Always through bolt your winches using a backing place at least the size of the base of the winch, a 1/4" plate of aluminum should suffice. Your clutches should also be through bolted, but you can use fender washers inside to spread the loads.

Use 3M 4200 to bed everything, and don''t be shy, you can always trim off the excess after it has cured. Remember, your deck is probably cored, so good bedding is a "must" to prevent future water intrusion. I recommend the use of 4200 over the more "permanent" 5200, ''cause you will want to re-bed your deck fittings every few years to ensure a good water tight seal. Too many people mistake the 5200''s strength for meaning it lasts "forever". And you will be happy you used the 4200 when it comes time to re-bed your deck hardware.
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