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Old 24 March 2013, 08:06   #1
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Removing floor on a d-class

Need to collect an old D-class but dont fancy taking my trailer, Does anyone know how easy they are to dismantle and roll or fold up in to a vw transporter sized van?
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Old 24 March 2013, 08:26   #2
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I believe the best technique involves lifting the boat up from the transom once bottle screws etc are removed.

Its hard enough on my Y-Class, and thats a lot smaller, I've only done it once, wouldn't fancy doing it again. If you've got a trailer I'd take that.
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Thanks for the quick reply samt, I had a feeling it wouldnt be a straight forward job.
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The bow board is bolted to the main one piece board by some strips of ( looks like conveyer belting ) by stainless steel nuts & bolts think there 10 mm .

The bottle screws are bolted to the bow board by
Much larger stainless 5/16th AF or 24 mm nuts & bolts ,
Problem with the bottle screws is there normal steel unless they have been greased up every now and then they can sometimes seize up if the boats been left full of water , though there is a small vent hole to let excess out that penetrating oil can be squirted into ,
The large lock nut on one end are usually ok as their stainless.

The stainless tubing Bow dodger frames can be a bit fiddly too if its not been out for a while .
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Thanks for the info M Chapplelow. As long as i can get the main board out it should fold over in to the van, fingers crossed.
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Just picked it up. Had a few problems. Are the belts holding the boards usually glued? Because these were bolted and glued top and bellow.
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Did you get it back ok?

What's it like?
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Looks ok whisper. Still in the back of the van so will inspect it tomorrow. Had problems taking the floor sections out as the conveyor bands were glued down.
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Looks ok whisper. Still in the back of the van so will inspect it tomorrow. Had problems taking the floor sections out as the conveyor bands were glued down.
Ok, while the floors out pump it up and get some fairy power spray (green bottle) and a scotch pad and clean all the hypalon with a little warm water too. Rinse with plenty of water, it should come up nice
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Depending on when your boat came out of service when you remove the floor board there may still be traces of French chalk left in the corners comes out with a bit of scrubbing ,

As a Matter of interest do you know the old operational number,
if its been covered up on the tubes it's also stamped into the strip of wood across on the inside of the transom or on a rubber patch under the bow dodger .

Unless your planning to do it its not s bad idea to completely undo bottle screws clean then re- grease back up with waterproof grease .

If you find the floors a bit tight to put back in place a dusting of talc or French chalk on tubes helps it drop in place .
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