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Drilling through spreaders

Hi, all- I'm in need of lighting up the deck of a Tartan 37 and I want more than a forward deck light, so spreader lights seem to be the ticket. The issue that remains is how to attach them. I've contemplated using zip ties and VHB tape, but just know they'd wiggle around too much, so it appears drilling the spreader is probably the best way to go (as long as I don't compromise the integrity of the spreader). One idea I've had is to drill the holes small enough to accept a 1/4" tap for the bolt (there's just one for each light) and tap both sides of the spreader to avoid compressing the spreader. Then use ample amounts of Tefgel to isolate the stainless from the aluminum..

Does this sound reasonable?

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Re: Drilling through spreaders

I'm sure you'd be fine... but before you get carried away I'd look into the new 12V LED light strips... amazingly bright, lightweight and you probably could glue them on.

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Re: Drilling through spreaders

eh- I got impatient the other day, was home alone with Amazon up on my laptop and bought two of the Lumitec Caprera2's.

The thing I like about these is that they are easily dimmed and have red lights in addition to the white.
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Re: Drilling through spreaders

Drilling and tapping is fine .... Best is to do the drilling and tapping on the middle/centerline long axis of the spreaders, not anywhere near the fore/aft 'edges'.
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Re: Drilling through spreaders

I doubt VHB tape will go anywhere, they use the stuff for holding panes of glass in high-rise buildings.

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Re: Drilling through spreaders

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I doubt VHB tape will go anywhere, they use the stuff for holding panes of glass in high-rise buildings.
Agreed. I used it for the port windows, but the size of these light brackets is only about 1 inch square- it's more of an issue that they'll wiggle a bit.
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Re: Drilling through spreaders

I have the Lumitec lights...you will love them! I tapped my spreaders, fine thread... Did seem a bit "wiggly" with the one screw. I added a rubber pad...helps isolate the ss bracket. VHB tape with the screw! Wish I had thunk it!

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Or you could rough up both mounting surfaces and attach with some fast-cure epoxy putty to prevent any loss of spreader strength. Zip tie to hold them in place while curing, wait 10 minutes, cut the ties, and come back down. Wait 24 hours to develop full strength and go sailing.
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Re: Drilling through spreaders

That's a great idea. The stainless brackets of these lights are a bit small (postage stamp), but I could attach a 1/4" thick plate of G10 that's maybe 1" x 2" (with a counter sunk screw) and epoxy that to the spreader. Thank you for the ideas, guys!

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