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  1. Nick_uk

    Nick_uk New Member

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    Sep 9, 2017
    Boatless
    Boatless
    This might be a really silly question but I'd rather ask it than end up damaging bits. Is it ok to unscrew bits that have been mounted to the hull / deck? The wooden board at the front for the windlass could do with sanding and painting and the light housings could do with a good clean which would be easier to do if they were not on the boat. My worry would be damaging the material that the screws, or other fixings, went into making it loose when re fitting.
     
  2. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    Not a silly question. It's ok to remove things, but you're right to be cautious, especially if your boat is an oldie but goodie, or if it's had a lot of repairs/replacements/upgrades that you didn't do yourself so can't know for certain what you're facing until you start.

    The bane of our existence has been stripped screw holes in the fiberglass as well as other surfaces, both exterior and interior, so it's good to be prepared for repair/refinish when you start these seemingly small projects: flexible sealant, adhesive sealant, fiberglass filler; replacement screws, bolts, washers, nuts, gaskets; wooden plugs to replace any you remove to access screws in the bow pulpit or other wood trim; and so on.

    Good luck with your projects!
     
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  3. Nick_uk

    Nick_uk New Member

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    Sep 9, 2017
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    Thanks for the info, think I'll try to keep things in place to clean them and only remove bits if I really have to.
     
  4. Nick_uk

    Nick_uk New Member

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    Sep 9, 2017
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    Had my offer on the boat accepted! Hopefully getting the survey done next week...
     
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  5. Nick_uk

    Nick_uk New Member

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    Sep 9, 2017
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    I have another question that has come about after the survey. The fuel tank is alloy construction, has anyone known these to corrode and fail or have they got a good life on them?
     
  6. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Sure....they can corrode. All depends on how much water has been in the fuel and is there water in the bottom of the tank. Also, was the bilge dry? Does the tank have water around the outside of it.

    I have an aluminum fuel tank in my 1985 Cobalt and its still good as new.
     

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