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04-14-2013 08:50 PM
Re: Busted Navpod

Okay, so the results are in. I took (my wife's boat) toothbrush and applied a layer of gel paint stripper to the busted-off piece, placed it carefully back where it came from, pressed it in place really firmly to make sure the solvent got all across the break. I wiped up the squeeze out, taped it up tight and left it for 24 hours.

Today when I checked it, it was welded on good and tight, with reasonable force, I couldn't eve move it. I an going to find some other bits of ABS to weld on inside to further re-inforce the repair, but I think I have had success.
04-10-2013 10:21 AM
Re: Busted Navpod

Makes sense, it's in 2 distinct layers when I cut it.
04-10-2013 10:11 AM
Re: Busted Navpod


As described by Rob Walsh, your GP series is apparently ABS capped with acrylic, and as you say 1/4 inch thick. It will likely survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse. Mine is ABS alone, thinner than yours, and has had some sun exposure. It was subjected to quite a lot of force, as it was all there was to grab to prevent my 230 lbs plunging into an open locker. Reasonable chance of getting hurt pretty good.

I have further refined my plan. When I was making the plexi companionway door, I couldn't conveniently find straight Methylene Chloride, so experimented with using MC-based paint stripper (nasty) as solvent cement for plexi. It actually worked perfectly as solvent cement, but made a cloudy joint on the smoked plexi offcuts. I had to instead be patient and get my hands on the straight stuff. The advantage of the paint stripper for this repair is that it is a gel, so will stay in place as I carefully align the pieces, and give me a bit of working time before it evaporates. I think this is going to be my repair of choice. I will experiment with the bit of trimmings from the front of the unit that I will trim tonight.
04-09-2013 08:38 PM
Re: Busted Navpod

I just got a Navpod (the GP 1170) - it's made of 1/4 thick super hard stuff (non technically speaking of course). I use the cut outs for target practice with my air rifle and barely leave a dent in it.
I'm astounded you actually managed to break it, and very happy to hear that Ocean Equipment is working a deal with you. While expensive, it's well designed and obviously supported.
04-09-2013 07:40 PM
Re: Busted Navpod

I don't think silicone will hold at all. ABS pretty much doesn't bond to anything, doesn't dissolve in anything, doesn't fuse to anything, except ABS solvents and adhesives. If the package doesn't say "sticks to ABS" it won't.
04-09-2013 07:27 PM
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Hellosailor is right about the pix.

I have been communicating with the PRESIDENT of Ocean Equipment, who has made a very generous offer of sending me a replacement back for a tempting discount. My Pod is not longer current, so I guess they have some old inventory they'd be happy to part with. I still think my best option is to try glueing it up, and if that fails, I can order the replacement.

That the President of the company answered my questions makes me think that this company takes client care very seriously. I would be quite prepared to deal with a company like that in the future.

So the thing is ABS, apparently. I don't want to use plumbing solvent as it is yellow, and hard to work with, I was thinking about white exterior grade silicone. Glue it up, and I can shave off the squeeze-out with a razor afterward. I have used silicone as adhesive (not on boats) lots of times. Thoughts?

Edit to add: Apparently you can solvent weld it with Methylene Chloride, and I happen to have a can of that left over from making up a plexiglass companionway door. The smallest can the vendor sells is about a half litre. The companionway door took maybe 3cc.
04-08-2013 10:17 AM
Re: Busted Navpod

Pictures: They probably changed materials over the years, or used different ones for different branded products. If you don't have a cell phone, you can always fax the polaroid to them. (G)
04-07-2013 11:37 PM
Re: Busted Navpod

Originally Posted by jimrafford View Post
I have a new nav pod you can have if it will work for you. I purchased it on ebay and realized after the mount width was incorrect for my boat. I think the binacle supports are 9" on center if I remember correctly.
Very generous of you, my pedestal guard is a 12", so no good.

I just realized that the front piece is home to be trimmed, I will try a couple of adhesives on the trimmings.

Luckily it's a very clean break, the pieces fit together perfectly. It was cold so I think it snapped rather than deformed.

Thanks for all the input. I contacted the manufacturer, asking for the kind of adhesive, they wanted pictures. I don't know why.
04-07-2013 08:56 PM
Re: Busted Navpod

I have a new nav pod you can have if it will work for you. I purchased it on ebay and realized after the mount width was incorrect for my boat. I think the binacle supports are 9" on center if I remember correctly.
04-07-2013 06:44 PM
Busted Navpod

I was told they are made from PVC.
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