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06-25-2009 10:09 AM
sailingdog There is little point to putting sealant in the fastener hole in the fitting itself. The area where the sealant is required is between the fitting and the deck, and that is why you're supposed to countersink the top of the fastener hole... since that is where the seal that prevents water from getting into the boat really is.

Also, I would point out that the two-step procedure for allowing the sealant to cure has been debunked. It is very difficult to tighten the fasteners properly without breaking the sealant adhesion them. It is also completely unnecessary if the holes have been countersunk so that the sealant can form a natural "o-ring".

I'd also point out that on high load fittings, like cleats, the two stage cure and tighten process can leave the hardware less than completely tight, since the sealant will resist tightening the bolts as snugly as they should be and lead to premature sealant failure as well as possibly a weaker installation overall--since friction between the deck hardware and the deck caused by fully tightening the through bolts are a considerable factor in the strength of the mounted hardware.
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Originally Posted by Uglydave View Post
What about a countersunk screw in a counter sunk hole? I recently installed midship cleats, I over drilled and filled the holes with epoxy then laid in Sicaflex 291 before pulling the cleats down to 1mm from the deck using spacers (I put Sicaflex inside the countersunk recesses) after allowing the sealant to cure, removed the spacers and nipped up the nuts.
Should the countersunk recess and the head of the countersunk bolt have a different angle of countersinkedness (is that a word?) to allow some amount of sealant to remain under the bolthead?
Regards
UglyDave
06-25-2009 09:35 AM
Uglydave What about a countersunk screw in a counter sunk hole? I recently installed midship cleats, I over drilled and filled the holes with epoxy then laid in Sicaflex 291 before pulling the cleats down to 1mm from the deck using spacers (I put Sicaflex inside the countersunk recesses) after allowing the sealant to cure, removed the spacers and nipped up the nuts.
Should the countersunk recess and the head of the countersunk bolt have a different angle of countersinkedness (is that a word?) to allow some amount of sealant to remain under the bolthead?
Regards
UglyDave
06-25-2009 07:25 AM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by JiffyLube View Post
Maine Sail, you're really good at these photo demo's. Is this a hobby of yours or do you do this for a living?

Photography is a hobby, sailing is a hobby and gawd no I could not afford boating if this was my lively hood..
06-25-2009 03:18 AM
cas8100 Thanks!
06-25-2009 01:05 AM
JiffyLube Maine Sail, you're really good at these photo demo's. Is this a hobby of yours or do you do this for a living?
06-24-2009 11:49 PM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by cas8100 View Post
Would you also add a slight bevel to the fiberglass when installing a thru-hull?
No and here's why:


Thru-hulls already have a reverse chamfer or sealant trap built in...
06-24-2009 09:09 PM
cas8100 Would you also add a slight bevel to the fiberglass when installing a thru-hull?
06-23-2009 01:24 PM
arf145
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Maine Sail,

I've been seeing the recent references to sealing using butyl tape. Your photos don't show this layer. When using butyl tape, is there a sealant layer under the tape or does the use of butyl tape obviate the need for any other sealant?

TIA
I think some confusion comes from it being called "tape." It's more of a strip of gum-like sealant that is pressed on paper backing. You peel it off the backing as a strip, but it can be manipulated like putty. And as you can see from MaineSails pictures, it is very sticky stuff.
06-23-2009 12:20 PM
Maine Sail
Butyl is

Butyl is the only thing used in that article. Look close and you'll see it squised in there and around the threads.

This is butyl:
06-23-2009 12:01 PM
jbondy Maine Sail,

I've been seeing the recent references to sealing using butyl tape. Your photos don't show this layer. When using butyl tape, is there a sealant layer under the tape or does the use of butyl tape obviate the need for any other sealant?

TIA
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