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Old 04 June 2008, 13:52   #1
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Securing console/seat to the deck.

I am planning on moving the console on my brig rib, and adding a jockey seat behind it, partly because of weight distribution and partly because bench seats are useless in any sort of sea.
Currently the console is bolted to nuts embedded into the deck. My plan to secure it was to use self tapping screws and sikaflex, but the console doesn't have a flange.
Is it alright to screw it from the inside edge as opposed to the outside edge of the flange?
What size of self tappers should I use?
I've never tried anything like this before - is there anything that could go badly wrong?

Thanks in advance

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- My plan is to position the console, clean and lightly sand all around and under it. Sikaflex it to the deck. Let it dry for a bit. Drill several pilot holes the same diameter as the screw minus the thread. Put sikaflex on each screw and screw it to the deck. Let it dry and go boating!
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Old 04 June 2008, 18:49   #2
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If you do a search on this site on the subject you will find a very recent thread regarding an MCA report which will show you how this can go VERY wrong!

However, without cutting up your deck, sikaflex and self tappers is about the best you can do.
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And what size self tappers should I be using?
Do you screw them in with a screwdriver or a drill?
Is a standard wood drill bit alright for the pilot holes?
How far apart should they be spaced?
Would you recommend washers?

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Old 05 June 2008, 07:21   #4
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Not so much from experience but mostly info I've picked up on similar threads:

And what size self tappers should I be using?
No sure about that one

Do you screw them in with a screwdriver or a drill?
Drill first then finish off by hand (ooer!)

Is a standard wood drill bit alright for the pilot holes?
Should be fine

How far apart should they be spaced?
Around 10cm apart

Would you recommend washers?
Yup and sikaflex

Experts will be along soon to correct me I'm sure
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If you do a search on this site on the subject you will find a very recent thread regarding an MCA report which will show you how this can go VERY wrong!

However, without cutting up your deck, sikaflex and self tappers is about the best you can do.
Apart from Fibreglassing it down!
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Old 05 June 2008, 12:13   #6
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Apart from Fibreglassing it down!
What about bonding together with resin or similar? Grind the deck and the flange of the console back to fresh glass where they meet, mask off the rest of the area and get as much resin on there as you can.

I'm fitting my console and seats very soon, using 6mm A4 woodscrews with cup washers, prob at around 2-3" centres. My advantage is that the deck isn't down yet so I can put in structural timbers in underneath to give the screws something to bite in to.
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What is the advantage of this? Strength?
From reading other threads self tappers and sikaflex seem to work well enough, why would I need any extra strength?

Also could some of you take a look at this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Single-Jockey-...QQcmdZViewItem

Is it worth me buying as a jockey seat?
How hard would it be for someone who as never fibreglassed before to make a fibreglass flange around it?
How hard is it to get a seatback preferably with a grab rail aswell?

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In my experience Sikaflex is not the be all and end all. I've pulled things apart before without too much difficulty.

If you havent already, you should read this - http://ribworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24667
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What does it mean by surface preparation?
The deck of my boat also has those non slip granules - should I be sanding them down till I remove them?
The bottom of the console is already bare fibreglass.

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P.S. My steering cable will need to be lengthened - is it possible to disconnect the cable from the rod and the helm unit and attach a new one in? How hard is it to do this and could someone explain to me how.

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