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Stanchion throughbolts leaking... any ideas?

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  1. Drinkmilk

    Drinkmilk

    Joined May 19, 2014
    167 posts, 7 likes
    Catalina 22 #13555
    US Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, WI
    My '86 cat22 new design is leaking slightly from the through-bolts for the stanchions. Plan was to rebed with butyl after possible epoxy & redrilled bolt holes. After removing the pretty wood trim inside, I was surprised to see the 4 "through" bolts with the 2 inner bolts cleanly inside the hull/top overlap and the 2 outermost bolts seemingly dug into exposed deck coring just above the hull joint overlap. Pics to follow.

    I need to seal those bolts, however,
    1. the 2 outer bolts for each stanchion are nestled into the coring and near unreachable unless I dig out more coring
    2. Whomever installed the stanchions used some type of sealant, epoxy maybe?, which has intentionally or accidentally encapsulated the bolts and washers. I'm not sure how to or if I even should break them free before using a wrench to loosen them.
    3. If I use "peanut butter" epoxy to repair the exposed core/wood after rebedding/sealing the bolts, will I just invite future problems
    4. Does anyone else's new design use this type of stanchion hack... um, installation technique? Is this a poor factory install or a not-quite handy man job?

    These are the 2 midship stanchions. I don't even know how to reach the outer bolts for the 2 forward stanchions. (See pic, only 2 bolts exposed, accessible)

    Thank you for any help offered,
    John

    Port side midship, over the table
    20180620_181318.jpg

    Starboard side, midship
    20180620_181940.jpg

    Starboard with light, not sure you can see the epoxy? covering the nuts and washers here
    20180620_182301.jpg

    Port again, midship
    20180620_181224.jpg
    Starboard side, forward stanchion, only inner bolts showing
    20180620_183058.jpg
     


  2. Hardhead

    Hardhead

    Joined Apr 11, 2017
    167 posts, 46 likes
    Catalina C22
    US Solomon's Island
    Can you back the bolts out from the top, by putting a vice clamp on the nut, and turning the head?

    I'd probably try that if possible, and then place painter's tape covering the bolt hole, and fill the bolt hole from the top with denatured alcohol thinned epoxy. Good luck - it's always some kind of crazy access issue..
     


  3. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,333 posts, 838 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    Mine looked just like yours. I had to cut away some of the liner with a Dremel to get a grip on the nuts.
     


    Last edited: Jul 8, 2018
  4. AndyC

    AndyC

    Joined May 6, 2018
    4 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Albuquerque
    My Wife and I just did our starboard side stanchions today -- a pair of needle nose vice grips was essential! Getting the washers and nut back on each was a fiddly time consuming process involving tape, super glue, and popsicle sticks.
     

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  5. Kingjim91

    Kingjim91

    Joined Jul 6, 2013
    99 posts, 6 likes
    Catalina 30TR
    US Milwaukee
    There is a keel locking bolt under the forward dinette seat. It’s intended to lock the keel in the down position, but it can get jammed in the up position if someone’s not paying attention when loading on the trailer.
    Once you’re past this problem, you’re gonna love the boat.
     



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