Adjustable deck layout
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!
See pictures attached.