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    Posted: 26 Jan 13 at 10:31am

I will be taking delivery of a new hull in few weeks and I have decided to do the entire fit out myself. Armed with all the bits and fixtures, as well as sealant I am ready to go. The boat is Epoxy with a Gel coat finish.

Itís been a while since I drilled so many holes in a boat, so before I begin I would like to hear any hints, tips, general good practice and especially hard learned lessons about how to make a nice and lasting job of the fittings. What is your preferred process to ensure success?

Please feel free to mention the most obvious things; although I am fairly proficient in this stuff, being reminded of the basics can only do me good.

 
 
 
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measure once, curse twice

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measure twice, drill/cut once
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Just out of interest what class is the boat :) ?
Fit it out so it suits you and your sailing style, that works best :)
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Countersink the holes before you screw into them, so the glass doesn't crack.
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Don't seal/fix fittings with silicon. And don't use 3M 5200 if you ever want to get things off again without destroying the Gelcoat.
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Originally posted by E.J.

I will be taking delivery of a new hull in few weeks and I have decided to do the entire fit out myself. Armed with all the bits and fixtures, as well as sealant I am ready to go. The boat is Epoxy with a Gel coat finish.

Itís been a while since I drilled so many holes in a boat, so before I begin I would like to hear any hints, tips, general good practice and especially hard learned lessons about how to make a nice and lasting job of the fittings. What is your preferred process to ensure success?

Please feel free to mention the most obvious things; although I am fairly proficient in this stuff, being reminded of the basics can only do me good.

 
New Contender?  If so who made it?
If it is a Contender, I would look at getingt one of those carbon mast foots, that the Germans use, with the wings for the blocks for downhaul & outhaul, save drilling a few holes in the hull.


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It is a Contender; from CServe. Funnily enough I have just made the mast base plate myself, looks good and saves me 8 holes.
 
I'm happy with the locations of the fittings now; its much the same as everyone elses, I was more after tips to make it a nice job.
 
Incidently, how do you all judge what bit size to use on screws when dealing with epoxy, is it the shank width, as with poly/vinylester or is there more to consider?


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Matt Trinder I was intending to seal with sikaflex 291, when you say don't use silicon does this qualify, if not what would you recomend?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RichTea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 13 at 10:25pm
I think you should look for the pimp tread, that will give you inspiration when the 300 boys were about.

Are you going to pro grip, if so what colour. Oh and this thread is useless without pics
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I'll have a hard job adding picture I don't have the boat yet.
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