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 Post subject: Bridle bolts pulled out
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 6:10 pm 
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Bought a used H14 recently from 92. While rigging today the bridle bolts complete came out of the hull. Thinking 1 side failed first, then the other, then the mast came down. My first assessment was the lack of a backing plate of any sort. But after cleaning up the holes and checking with a longer bolt it seems there is a backing plate. Can somebody confirm this?

Longer bolts seem an easy fix. The Fiberglas was not really damaged, but the holes have opened up a bit to the point the bolts can wiggle a bit when not fully seated. Any suggestions for a good product to use to tighten up the holes a bit? I would like to re-create the original thread engagement.




Thanks for any feedback


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 4:35 pm 
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There is a 1/4" thick square aluminum plate molded-into the bow. You can use the next larger bolt, tap threads into it if not too badly corroded or worn.

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:34 pm 
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Thanks Matt,
The plate is in good shape it seems. The previous owner put in bolts that were too short. I prototyped a fix for the slightly opened hole in the Fiberglas and will implement it this weekend. Should be out on the water shortly after that.


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