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And THANK YOU !!! Over 80% of our boats deck hardware is un-rebedded and none of it leaks or has leaked in 32 years (almost 33 now)! . Even when I pulled the chain plates at year 31 they were still bone dry.. You guys built a hell of a product..! Probably could have saved some money on fasteners on the hull deck joint...
Genny track at year 32 and hull /deck joint in the background... Overkill is good!
P.S. Do you have any pics from the factory from when you were there? I'd love to see some layup and assembly pics...
A trick I have used successfully for backing tracks or other rows of fasteners is to get an appropriate piece of aluminium channel - at least as wide as the track and at least as deep as the exposed fasteners. Cut to length - a bit longer than the track, taper the ends of the sides of the channel then clamp the track and channel together. Drill through the end mounting hole on the track and through the aluminium - voila, a perfectly aligned hole.
Bolt the two together temporarily to maintain the alignment and continue down the length of the track. A drill press is nice for this part of the job. I drop another bolt in periodically to ensure the alignment is maintained.
When all the holes are drilled, separate the track and channel - you now have a matched pair, a one piece backing plate, a recess for the fasteners to reduce scalp tearout
and a good looking, custom backing setup for your genny track. To make it REALLY pretty, polish it before installing it.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.