Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
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Re: dangerous seas & barbarous coasts
CalebD is right on with his advice regarding Butyl tape. I have used everything over the past 40 years from 2 parts to 5200 t0 4200 and , don't repeat this, (silicon). Butyl tape is the stuff I use on almost every bedding situation I confront.
Almost every one? I mounted a heat shield to the ceiling (above my hot exhaust under the cockpit floor) using ss machine screws set flush into the cockpit floor and decided to use 5200. Needless to say, for those familiar with this amazing sealant, gloves, clothes of little value and lots of paper towels and acetone were required. This is an unusual, almost structural application. Every surface bedding problem gets Butyl tape. Including the teak trim around the bulkhead mounted compasses.
I had a visit to my neurosurgeon last week. Before leaving to go, I noticed the shirt I grabbed had an old 5200 "stain" near the tail so I changed it. The Dr. apologized for the white stains all over his , neurosurgeons, hands (4200). Yikes! We talked as much about bedding materials as my mri. Ha!
Butyl is so easy to work with. It works! A little goes a long way and it doesn't "go by". I have a roll I bought from Mainsail several years ago at the NE Boat Show. It is half gone, lives flat in a Ziploc bag and I will probably still be using this original roll several years from now.
Welcome to the club. Enjoy that great boat. There is one on a mooring next to me and the young man sails it like a sports car around the moorings in Seal Harbor. He is very good! Fun!
Islander-28, Marshall Sandpiper