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Subject: Re: skin fittings - a warning


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brian henry
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Date Posted: 6/12/06 17:19:59
In reply to: Gary Rowitt 's message, "Re: skin fittings - a warning" on 5/12/06 16:28:52

Yes, typical shortcuts, as you point out, they were legion throughout the boat and things that we all, over the years, had to address and improve. All to keep the price down in a very competitive market at the time.

Check also the cockpit drain fittings - in my case (1980 Trapper 500) they were plastic domestic sink drains chromed to look like metal; the thin chrome coating can wear off and the plastic is then easily broken down by uv. The danger is that when it does and crumbles away (as one of mine did) the tube to the sea cock may no longer be supported at the top section and sag to below water level. Because the cockpit drain sea cocks are usually left open to drain rainwater when moored, it is then possible to quickly flood and sink the boat. I've brought this up before in this forum but make no apology for repeating it for newcomers or those who may have missed it, as it is a vulnerable and important point.

Another plastic shortcut was the battery retainer strap fittings - plastic loops that easily broke, secured by (non-stainless) steel screws directly into the GRP of the bilge under the quarter berth and as they become rusted stumps the devil to remove for replacement.

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