Very informative site

  • January 13, 2012 5:00 AM
    Message # 794053
    After repainting the deck & cabin top I am about to re-bed my portholes. My next door dock neighbor pointed me to a website with 'how to' information about installing/re-bedding portholes & deck fittings.  The info a) reinforced my firm belief that 5200 is a terrible caulk/sealant (he calls it the 'devils glue') and b) the best bedding compound is butyl rubber tape.

    But wait! there's more!

    Aside from how to properly bed deck hardware the site is a wealth of useful 'how to' information on other maintenance related topics as well...  Servicing tapered cone seacocks, installing battery monitors, changing impellers,  rebuilding this/that, and other topics of interest to us Westsailors..  Well worth a look see & bookmark.

    Last modified: January 13, 2012 7:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • January 13, 2012 1:27 PM
    Reply # 794338 on 794053
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thanks for the link - I've added it to the Members only Resources for the Fleet  page.
  • January 13, 2012 6:13 PM
    Reply # 797398 on 794053
    Deleted user
    This sounds like a good idea, has anyone else had experience with butyl tape, I have a lot of bedding to do come summer and would rather not do it twice.
  • January 13, 2012 9:42 PM
    Reply # 797490 on 794053
    I tried some as an alternative to polysulphide. It is less messy to apply initially, but the stuff just keeps oozing out... forever! No leaks though.
  • February 13, 2012 2:10 PM
    Reply # 824342 on 794053
    Just came across a great link on using butyl tape for bedding...

  • February 23, 2012 9:54 PM
    Reply # 834061 on 794053
    Deleted user
    That's all I bed with.  Even use it at home to bed both iron and wooden brackets on the stucco walls. Can't say enough good about it.  Great stuff to prevent water or moisture from getting between an object and the surface on which it's mounted.
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