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 Post subject: Adding ports?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 10:09 pm 
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Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2004 8:29 pm
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Location: TX
How hard is it to add ports to the hulls? I'd like to put them in the front and rear of the hulls...I've got a small soft spot in front of the forward pylon in one hull, right on the textured area. Can I put them there? Is it possible to fix the soft spot while I have the holes open? My thought is to put the ports in instead of drilling a bunch of hloes in the grip area.

 Post subject: Delamination
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 2:49 pm 
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Joined: Tue May 27, 2003 12:44 pm
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Location: Oceanside, California

Ports can also weaken the structure. Repair is easiest without a port in place.

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
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Hobie Cat USA

 Post subject: Explain please
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:25 pm 
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Joined: Wed Jun 30, 2004 6:39 am
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Location: Finger Lakes, NY
:?: Hey Matt, you're the expert, man, but I don't quite understand what you said - with holes cut out for ports I was able to apply more layers of glass, and or epoxy or whatever and clamp everthing down tight from the top and inside the hull. Including strengthening the stanchions and repairing stress fracture leaks. My OLD 16 is still sailing and the deck is rock hard. It isn't easy working through a five inch hole, but if you glass before you add the trim ring you have a little more space and less chance of gumminig up the threads.

Besides, without ports how can you carry a fat cat bag full of beverages? :wink:

The fact that this windy world is largely covered in water obviously means that man was meant to sail.

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