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05-29-2002 12:57 PM
joshuaheard
Loose screws

I would fill the fiberglass holes with fiberglass patching kit and move the hinges up or down an inch or so and reset the screws. Otherwise, switch to bolts/nuts. If you are desperate and want to keep old holes, fill with epoxy or fiberglass patch, then screw in screws while mix is setting (this is least desirable method).
05-24-2002 05:07 PM
MaryBeth
Loose screws


Trying to ignore all the production vs. made-to-order arguments below (or above). Best case scenario is to use a fiberglass filler to completely fill the holes, then redrill them. If you are having problems with only one screw on the whole thing, consider using something like MarineTec or GMs 5200 in the screw hole, which will provide a stronger base and protect your laminate, but will still eventually (in a year or two) work loose with constant use. By the way, any time you put a hole for a screw in fiberglass, is best to use something at least like GM''s 5200 around the screw in order to provide a tighter fitting and protect your laminate from moisture.

Screws work loose (EVEN ON OYSTERS AND HINCKLEYS AND SWANS AND NORSEMAN, believe me) and having the ability to deal with it and not get your panties in a wad is a sign of true seamanship.

MaryBeth
05-24-2002 06:31 AM
Denr
Loose screws

You may be right, I think I''ll unwind this weekend and go somewhere on the boat. By the way, what contribution did you "Christineb 10007 make to this thread other than calling me screwy? You''re no better than that scoundrel denr! Oh by the way I already have a mother, don''t need another.
05-24-2002 06:00 AM
Christineb10007
Loose screws

You couldn''t control yourself, could you? It seems that you are pretty screwy yourself. From what I read it was you that started the "personal" insult on this thread. You need to back down a bit, I think you are screwed down a bit too tight. We all know this is a site for opinions, but it would help if you stick to answering the original questions and if you can''t add to the original question there is no need to use this space for your own personal bully pulpit.
05-24-2002 05:24 AM
Denr
Loose screws

The only loose screw around this BB is tsenator!
05-24-2002 04:05 AM
bmcald
Loose screws

Hey guys, lighten up. You both offered good advice and I thank you for it, but this is just an inquiry about loose screws. No need to go ballistic!
05-23-2002 04:38 PM
tsenator
Loose screws

Excuse me.....(lol). I didn''t take offense I was actually answering a question. Its funny I even I agreed you in this area concerning details where you would notice the difference
between a "High-end" and a "Mid-Level" production boat.

Its been said before you have "some" good knowledge, but at times you come off as very "boarish", the more you respond like you do the more people realize you can be a self righteous numbnut. And there are just as many times when you are wrong, but can never admit it. "Pride goeth before the fall"

BTW, I guess you didn''t understand (I''m not going to insult you like you feel the need to do) Cap Nuts are used on the exposed ends of bolts on the insides of lots of boats to dress up the ends. ((Take a look here for anyone that doesn''t know what a cap-nut looks like http://www.voltplastics.com/kCN.htm ) They are not to be used as load bearing fastener. Why is using Cap nuts to make things look better on the inside cause me to be a hack? Do you just leave the ends of your bolts with nylock nut and washer exposed on the inside of the boat so you can scrape some flesh off yourself if you happen to hit it?. To me THAT is a hack ! I don''t know if you read it but the original poster expressed a concern that "it wouldn''t look too pretty" I know I''ve seen Cap-nuts on the insides of a lot of high quality boats ...I just looked at pictures of new Moody 42 and they use Cap nuts on the ends of their Bolts on their Chain plates. (sigh.... I guess they are hacks too). The more I think about it I recall cap nuts on almost every boat (high-end also) I''ve seen at boat shows in one place or another.

ps... and lay of the Osama crap , my father used to work in the World Trade Center, I used to work a block away, someone from my company was in one plane and someone from my gym was on the plane that went down in Penn. and I know other people that were murdered that day. It offends me, and I''m sure it offends many Americans to so loosely use that name.
05-23-2002 02:46 PM
Denr
Loose screws

It funny that tsenator (Csimms or Osama) took offense, he knows better than most these typical problems as his boat is as full of them as he is full it! Cap nuts...you''re such a hack! I suppose that you fill the holes with spackling on your boat.
05-23-2002 02:09 PM
tsenator
Loose screws

bmcald,

Thats what I figured. Nice Little daysailor the Mystic 20 catboat . Its funny that denr took this opportunity to bash production boats when we are talking about a 20 year old daysailor. He can''t resist. But I bet you could thru bolt and make it look decent on the inside by putting "cap nuts" to cover the bolt end. that is if the geometry allows it. good luck
05-23-2002 01:24 PM
bmcald
Loose screws

The boat is a 1981 Mystic 20 catboat. The cabin door is exterior, instead of hatch boards.

The cockpit locker hinge can probably be drilled thru and bolted, but I''m not sure about the cabin door hinge, will have to check what''s on the other side. Wouldn''t look too pretty, tho, and could result in a leak.
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