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Old 24 June 2012, 04:58   #1
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poor quality rigging

for some time i have a small leak of water into the concel of my rib. it just happens to be where the wring loom and batterry are located. With the RI coming up next year I am starting to tackle the little problems that have been long fingered. I worked up the courage to remove the clocks (tacko and trim) from the boat only to find that there was no sealant of any type used to bed them in.

This i find very annoying as the engine cost 7200 euro including rigging. for the sake of 15 euro a tube of sika flex could have been bought.

This got me thinking how much of the problems with outboards is as a result of sh te rigging. this problem of mine would eventually caused corrision problems in the loom.

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Old 24 June 2012, 05:01   #2
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Unfortunately some riggers don't have as much attention to detail as others. The only way to be sure is to do it yourself......
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Old 24 June 2012, 06:45   #3
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I worked up the courage to remove the clocks (tacho and trim) from the boat only to find that there was no sealant of any type used to them in.
To be fair - you shouldn't have to use sealant. If the holes are cut to the right size (tight fit - no carry on jokes please) - then the rubber seals that come with the instruments should be adequate, as long as there's sufficient pressure on them. In my opinion - it's better not to seal them, especially when it comes to changing 12v bulbs, etc. Fixed VHF radios, battery isolators, switch panels - then yes, they should have a bead of sealant on them. Tinned cable will reduce corrosion issues too.
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Old 24 June 2012, 17:07   #4
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there was no gasket. just bare metal againt fibreglass
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Old 24 June 2012, 17:32   #5
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I'm not using sealant on mine either, I'm using a thick sheet of sponge silicone as gaskets

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Flat gaskets out of any material aint too great as they generally present too big a surface area to get a good seal. You would think the manufacturer would offer a fit for purpose seal or provide standard groove sizes to accept standard o rings .
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The (various ) Evinrude gauges that I bought in blister packs didn't come with any gaskets. I used a dab of a silicone that I knew wasn't very "strong".
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