Passage 42 Cockpit Step Issue

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  1. BBC16385

    BBC16385

    Joined Sep 14, 2004
    149 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter 42
    US Deltaville VA
    We have a 1997 P42 with the starboard side step over the power connections leading into the cockpit. The screws are continually pulling loose from the Fiberglas making the use of the step dangerous. Have any owners fixed this step so that it doesn't come loose? How? Is the interior area where the screws come through accessible by removing the engine control panel? If it is, I think I could bolt the step on.

    (I have posted this question on two Hunter facebook sites and anyone who has replied there need not reply here.)

    Thanks.
     


  2. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,731 posts, 530 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Never had a step issue like yours with our 1991 model. Access to that area is through the panel in the aft head ceiling. That also gives you access to the shore power connections.

    You might try using a SS molly fitting. Something like this, perhaps. https://www.boltdepot.com/Kaptoggle_Stainless_steel.aspx
     


    Last edited: Feb 27, 2019
  3. BBC16385

    BBC16385

    Joined Sep 14, 2004
    149 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter 42
    US Deltaville VA
    Thanks Terry. This situation is resolved. I increased the four screws' diameter by two sizes, from 10 to 14. The step is in solid for now.
     


  4. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
    3,604 posts, 1,322 likes
    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS
    I have used 3M-4200 for a few loose screws too.
    My son-in-law prefers filling the hole with marine epoxy and then re-drilling the screws.
    Those screws are continually being pulled on, as people climb on deck.
    Jim...
     


  5. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,731 posts, 530 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Glad to read that you resolved your step situation.