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    Installing a new windlass on my fiberglass boat should i put a plate on the underside of the fiberglass and bolt through it or is this over kill? Between the fiberglass and plywood core theres at least 1 1/2" of "meat". Thanks guys

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    Why not do it....can't hurt to have a little extra meat under there. The plate is cheap.
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    plywood(cushion) and a aluminum backing plate both on the inside to spread out the load. oversize the holes for the bolts, fill with epoxy or deck putty, redrill holes, seal with lots of 5200. you don't want any water seeping through the holes and wetting the core.

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    Yep. Go with Steve's suggestion. A little plate and everything seaed up will work just fine. Overkill? Maybe, but it sure beats not enough support an the major expense of that repair.
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    I figured as much fellas just needed some reassurance Thanks

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    Yeah,....me too,....
    It's one of those,..."Too Easy to add, Why not," deals

    Considering especially the potential for Jerking\Working pressure on the Anchor gear,...

    that's action that doesn't work well with plywood core, fiberglass finish
    Slap a plate underneath there,...could be thick Aluminum (no corrosion)
    and as Potbldr says, "plenty of flexible 5200, on the whole scene"
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    don't want it doing one of these
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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
    don't want it doing one of these
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    Steve,

    You just scared the crap out of every fiberglass boat owner!


    I second the backing plate idea as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AK2AZ View Post
    Steve,

    You just scared the crap out of every fiberglass boat owner!


    I second the backing plate idea as well.
    Charlie you got nothing to worry about your boat is cored with air !!

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    Default Just a little bit of backing

    I needed just a little bit of backing, now I have to take a draw set out and reset!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakcombo View Post
    I needed just a little bit of backing, now I have to take a draw set out and reset!
    Looks nice, Combos,...

    Goin' for a Nose-Ring, eh ?

    Did you glass in, the V-filler reinforcement on the inside, or was that part of original construction ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    Looks nice, Combos,...

    Goin' for a Nose-Ring, eh ?

    Did you glass in, the V-filler reinforcement on the inside, or was that part of original construction ?
    It came factory without a big enough backing plate, here it is yesterday with a "real" backing plate
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