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 Post subject: Wing end caps
PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:48 am 
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Well I finished the bottom job on the 21SE. So much easier than I expected once we had sun after 6 weeks!!!

When we were flipping the boat, one of the missing end caps to the wing support fell out of the wing support hole. It had serious glue (5200?) on the inside to supposedly seal cap. After looking at all the wing end caps, all of them were missing the rivets, but were still held in place with this glue. One even had water and sand from long ago (smelled terrible) still in the wing tube.

I will be replacing the rivets, but I am not sure that I am going to seal the end caps for the following reasons.
:arrow: If they are not sealed at the bottom the water will drain until the water will be only as high as the wing socket.
:arrow: Water that does enter into the wing from somwhere in the top will not drain out, holding more water than is described above.
:arrow: If water does get in, how do you ever drain it?

Please let me know your thoughts on sealing these wing tubes at the end cap or not! I am just not seeing the pro's outweighing the cons.


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 Post subject: Re: Wing end caps
PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:59 am 
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I just order 4 new end caps from my Hobie dealer in Indy this week to keep as spares.I have noticed that one of my wing plugs leaks out water when I remove it.If my memory is right,you want 1/8" countersunk stainless steel rivets.As far as which caulking to use,I use silicon which I can remove later if needed.They do eventually lose their watertight seal.Let me know which caulking you are using.It would be nice to seal that leaking wing plug more permanently,yet still be able to replace wing cap if it fails...Bill 404 21SE



And as my infamous buddy Dallas likes to say,"May you always have nuclear winds to fill your sails!And remember:Sheet in and hike out!....Take no prisoners!

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 Post subject: Re: Wing end caps
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:03 pm 
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Are you talking about the Wing leg end cap p/n 35081001 that covers the leg end that goes down into the hull? I tried to order some replacements and was told that they're out of stock, so if you do manage to get some, please post so that I can hit my dealer up again.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:08 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Wing end caps
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:55 pm 
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I machined some of those caps out of aluminum many years ago because I got tired of replacing them. If there is interest maybe I will knock a few more out.

Anybody?


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 Post subject: Re: Wing end caps
PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 2:55 pm 
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one of my caps fell off the wing tube and lodged at the bottom of the hole It took me about 5 hours of fishing to get it out I finally used pvc pipe and pvc glue to stick plug and pull it out Re-sealed all four plugs with Dow 5200 and put in new alumnium rivets this should hold for another 20 years

Bottom line should be to secure them before they fall off or get lost I learned the hard way
I might buy one extra for the Hobie Hell Box
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 Post subject: Re: Wing end caps
PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:50 pm 
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I just picked up 4 new plugs from my Hobie dealer in Indy today and plan on using Dow 5200 to seal the loose one.The other 3 are for my spare parts tool box.They were $12.50 each.I also got a new ball($27.80) for under my mast and some new decals for my mast to replace the 21 years old ones,thanks Sailboat Inc.in Indianapolis. :D
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