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Old 22 June 2012, 16:12   #1
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attaching holding down eyes to deck

I have a Valiant rib the deck is not formed over a ply wood sheeting. It is a fibreglass deck. If I use self tappers to attach the holding down eyes I think that they will be ripped out leaving a good hole in the deck.

I want the holding down eyes to secure fuel tanks to the deck for the aroundireland event next year.

The only solution I have arrived at is the use of mini "footstraps" which are glued to the deck

your thoughts please

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Old 22 June 2012, 16:21   #2
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Stainless Toggle bolts perhaps? You could drill the deck, insert the stainless toggle and fasten it with a stainless eye bolt. There are eyebolts with large flanges - this could be sikka'ed to the deck to make a seal and increase the strength.
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Old 22 June 2012, 16:32   #3
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I glued several of these to both tubes and hull, using Polymarine's two part glue. Easily hold a 20 litre fuel container. No signs of them coming unstuck as yet. Lifeline rope patch D ring - Henshaw Inflatables Ltd

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I like the look of the henshaw product. what is the circular patch made from?
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I like the look of the henshaw product. what is the circular patch made from?
TSM. Mine are hypalon because my tubes are. As they make them I guess they could supply other fabrics as well. It was an experiment to glue them onto the fibreglass - with the hypalon glue. It certainly stuck them well.
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