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Old 03 March 2007, 11:52   #1
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Fixing Storage Box to Deck

Hello All

I need to fix a Plastic Coolbox/seat to the deck of my Zodiac in front of the console, but really do not want to screw anything into the deck itself.
I did thik of screwing the box to a peice of marine ply and then glueing the ply to the deck, is this possible? and if so what would be the best adhesive to use?
Any other sugestions on how i can do this would be much appreciated.
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Old 03 March 2007, 12:25   #2
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dobieman are you concerned about the trip hazard of having something screwed to the deck or do you not want to penatrate the deck with any holes? I've used some threaded inserts that screw into the deck and a threaded I-bolt that threads into that when i want the cooler when i don't i just unscrew the I-bolt and the deck is flush again. If interested i can take pics for you.
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Old 03 March 2007, 12:36   #3
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I'm not worried about the trip hazard as the box would be on there all the time, i was worried about water penetrating and eventually rotting the deck.
Thanks, Steve.
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Old 03 March 2007, 12:47   #4
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Dobieman,

If you use tons of Sikaflex you should be okay with regards water seeping in to the deck.

Can water get in from below ? If not I think screwing the box in is the only option to get it to stay in place when your RIB is bouncing about.
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Thanks for the replies.
If i do screw ino the deck then is it a case of drilling the pilot hole, filling the hole with sikaflex then screwing straight in?
Also how deep should i go into the deck?
Sorry if these are silly questions!!
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I've used some threaded inserts that screw into the deck and a threaded I-bolt that threads into that when i want the cooler when i don't i just unscrew the I-bolt and the deck is flush again.
Dobie, I use this same setup. You can get a stainless insert that reverse-threads and epoxys into the deck. The ones I have take a 3/8' bolt and they are very solid. I use a cooler similar to yours, but up in the nose. If you bolt it in, I'd suggest using a large washer inside so the bolt head doesn't pull through the cooler bottom.

I'm currently trying to have a s/s box constructed that will be more secure when locked, for holding dive gear etc.
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Also how deep should i go into the deck?
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You have a problem

The solution is simple,

Mark with black felt tip pen around the base of the coolbox, carefully positioning the box beforehand. Remove coolbox. Cut out the marked area with a jigsaw. Remove the cut out section. Drill through coolbox floor and bolt to removed piece of flooring using large penny washers. Edge the cut out in the floor with hardwood epoxied in place to support the cut out area. Replace the cut out with coolbow in place screwing into the hardwood with countersunk fastenings. Fill gap with epoxy/coliodal mix. Paint over floor to match. And there you have it. I would probably add a drain to the coolbox so that the melted ice drains into the bilge.
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