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Jay Bietz

Bud and Jeff, et al:

Well, we were at the boat yesterday and I didn't see Bud's message until this am -- so we reinstalled in the same location and the same methods with lots of Teak Life Caulk.

I did manage to squeeze into the port side of the engine room and with about 30" of 3/8" extensions remove and replace the last 2 bolts near the port winch. (The Wench as gone!)

We did have to drill out 1 bolt as it would not spin up and I couldn't push it up -- wasn't to bad - small hole first in the center of the slot and 5/16" drill to remove the head and a punch pushed the bolt out.

After the track was removed, I found the original sealant under the track was hard and no longer functional.

To reinstall:
I removed the existing sealents, sanded the cap rail, drilled out the existing holes with a 5/16 drill and used a counter head drill to provide a caulk pocket. We used a 5/16 bolt to coat the holes with caulk by running it through the hole with caulk. We then inserted the bolts into the track and the cap rail. By leaving the track up an inch, we could caulk around each bolt as it passed through the cap rail and added a bead of caulk between each bolt hole. We then pushed the track into place and tightened the nuts. During the tightening process we had good squeeze out on all sides.

I didn't install 2 of the bolts, as they were to close to other bolts to be properly tightened. I'll seal up those holes.

Total job was about 30 man-hours plus more time to reassemble the port side cabin pieces removed to provide access.

I can't imagine the work it would take to remove the cap rails for recaulking.

Looking at the Sbd side and the cabinetry for the nav station, I'd have to drill out 1/2 the bolts and use Bud's method to re attach.

Thanks to all for the advise/ideas and I hope we got the leaks caused by the track.


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