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Old 19 January 2005, 14:12   #11
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I have just bought a tool box from B&Q. plents of space to store stuff, lockable and removable. all for 16 quid.

As a bonus it fits nicely in front of the console. just have to form some cunning way of fixing it down.
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Old 19 January 2005, 15:18   #12
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I think thats the major problem, fixing it down.

I have a Sea Rider and was wondering how far I can screw things in to the deck without ruining its integrity.

I have recently bought some Sika Flex. Is it just a case of drilling a few holes filling them with Sika Flex and then screwing in the screws or whatever to hold down the box.

Anybody done this succesfully !!

I've done quite a few modifications to the cockpit but this isn't an area that has much contact with saltwater.

Let me know how you get on.

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Old 19 January 2005, 15:53   #13
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I was thinking about this whilst eating my din dins.

I want to be able to remove the box when the boat is ashore yet keep it from sliding about all over the place or bouncing about.

The box i have got is a pretty tight fit between the tubes at the bow infront of the console. There is a lip that rises above the deck about 4 inches. my plan at the moment is to get some of that honeycomb matting Nasher was talking about in a thread on here a few months ago and cover the floor in the section infront of the console.

Then drill two holes through the lip and run two loops of bungie cord over the box (one either side) and back fixed through the hole. I figured the weight in the box would hold it down reasonably well. The bungie could be tight enough to have a good grip and stop a lot of the movement but easy enough to slip over the sides and get access to the box.

have attached a truly rubbish to try and show what im talking about.

Clearly if you dont have a well placed lip in the deck this will be no use! Sorry.
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Old 19 January 2005, 16:01   #14
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Trouble is mine has to go at the rear, so I can't wedge it in anywhere.


The front has a B & Q bucket with the anchor in.................

I shall be off to B & Q over the weekend to see what they have on sale, then I can think how I'm going to fix it down.

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The matting worked out well. I brought 4 mats from Sainsburys Homebase (500mm x 400mm. 1.99 each) and superglued them together. Then cut them to shape.

The homebase stuff looks to be the best and cheapest. Proper industrial matting that's exactly the same is about 30 quid a sq meter.

I must be a sad git, having researched cheap rubber matting from all the DIY stores.

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Humm. tricky.........

you dont really want deck fixings unless you can help it. just something else to trip over.

Industrial strength velcro?
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I was in B&Q today but forgot the matting.

I should be able to slip out the office tomorrow afternoon and find the homebase in Eastleigh.

Is it easy enough to cut with a sharp knife?



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The matting worked out well. I brought 4 mats from Sainsburys Homebase (500mm x 400mm. 1.99 each) and superglued them together. Then cut them to shape.

The homebase stuff looks to be the best and cheapest. Proper industrial matting that's exactly the same is about 30 quid a sq meter.

I must be a sad git, having researched cheap rubber matting from all the DIY stores.

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I used a Stanley knife with a new blade and found it very easy, although care needs to be taken to get a good result.

I was lucky that the boat was originaly fitted with a carpet liner in the console and I used this as a template.

If you have any trouble finding it give me a shout and I'll pick some up for you. I'm going to get some more myself to line the inside of the under jockey seat areas.

I'll PM my mobile just in case.

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Then drill two holes through the lip and run two loops of bungie cord over the box (one either side) and back fixed through the hole. I figured the weight in the box would hold it down reasonably well.
Bungee cord is unlikely to be much use once you start bouncing around. Luggage straps with a strong plastic buckle would be a better bet.

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I have a 5.4 searider which I did some work to earlier last year. There is no problem drilling through the floor as long as you fill the hole with silkaflex before fixing the screw in place. I fitted a removeable storage box in the bow area by fixing two webbing straps to the flor area with two s/s screws and two s/s penny washers (per strap). The box sits over these fixed points and the straps come up over the box.

The box can easly be removed from the boat by undoing the straps. The straps have little spring loaded grips with metal teeth to hold the webing closed and in tension. I got the straps from a local chandler shop ( I think they are called magic marine straps) They dont come with the fixings but you can buy stainless steel screws and penny washers yourself.

The beauty of this is that you can fit any similar size box or unit....to the straps. If the box breaks at the end of the season you can replace it with another from B&Q. It is also easier to load and unlaod the boat with the box.
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