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Old 10 August 2016, 08:10   #1
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Adjustable deck layout

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Moving on from a past thread -

I thought I'd post about this as its been a great find for me and helped me achieve what I wanted from my rib in terms of being able to have easily interchangeable deck layout without using loads of silkaflex and self tapping screws with inevitable mess and risk of screws pulling out as holes get worn.

I've decided I wanted options for fitting a) a heavy duty diving bottle rack, b) a home made bench seat for when I take my 1 year old out, c) a second pair of double jockey seats and d) the option of a clear level and uncluttered deck for general fishing etc

I didn't want prominent fixing points that I might trip over of stub toes on. I wanted something strong and permanent that wouldn't corrode or risk compromising the deck. I didn't want water leaking into the deck cavity either.

I ended up sourcing some M10 Self Tapping 316 Marine Grade Stainless Blind Inserts from Technifast. I discussed my requirements with Technifast they were really helpful, can't recommend them enough.

I've fitted them to suit all possible layouts I might need.

Simple to fit, mark out the hole positions carefully, drill 12mm hole, fill hole with Sikaflex or expoxy resin to seal cut edges of ply, wind a M10 bolt with a lock nut on it into the fixing, then using a normal 17mm deep socket simply screw the fixing down into the deck until flush. Then use a spanner to release the locknut and unscrew the bolt. Baby wipes are great for clearing up inevitable expelled sikaflex!

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Old 10 August 2016, 08:15   #2
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When the fixings aren't in use I screw in M10 nylon grub screws to stop the threads filling up with dirt and debris.

Can also fix eye bolts for securing spare fuel containers, etc etc

I must admit I'm quite pleased with the result.

What does anyone else reckon?
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Old 10 August 2016, 11:33   #3
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Great idea mate and works very well I have done the same on my Ali deck bit different with mine you drill the hole put the insert on the gun then in the hole works like a pop rivit gun so they are just 1 MM proud.
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Nice idea could I ask where you got the fixings from please.
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Old 10 August 2016, 14:54   #5
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From a company called Technifast. They have an Ebay shop here

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Specialist-Marine-Fasteners
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Great idea !
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I have some holding my A-frame front bolts on. They have lasted well but fitting procedure and deck condition are critical when it comes to their ultimate strength. To make sure, I epoxied mine in when fitting but if your deck is suspect, they will pull out relatively easily.

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Old 11 August 2016, 06:31   #8
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on my old rib it had inspection hatches fitted where the A frame bolts were so an easy install, the good thing with the ones on mine are they expand underneath so cant pull out
not sure if they make them long enough to work on 20 mm ply though.
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When I specced my current boat I had fixings glassed into the deck for the Ullmans & 2 additional single jockey pods. I had a waterproof GRP box made up that picks up the fixings for the 2 rear "guest" seats, so I can have:-
2 Ullmans + space, handy for when there's just 2 of you & for fishing, this is our usual config.
Or
3 or 4 seats in total
Or
2 Ullmans + storage box. The storage box sits on quick release brackets that allow it to be easily removed from the boat for camping trips, picnics etc. The storage chest is waterproof, so can be floated ashore if anchored off.
I've also got pad eyes in the bow & rear area + cargo nets for more flexibility.


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sounds just right that Dave the beauty of a new build just how you want it something boat builders should pick up on in my opinion.
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