ply redrill the hole with the proper pilot drill
for a larger-diameter screw, and install the
larger fastener. The bracket may also have to
be drilled to accommodate the larger screw,
but this is the easiest solution with the added
benefit of being stronger than the original. Be
sure to countersink the enlarged hole in the
fiberglass to prevent it from lifting and cracking
If you need to keep the screw to the original size, fill the stripped hole with an epoxy
putty such as Marine Tex or J-B Weld, then
pilot drill the cured plug. This may be weaker
than the original installation, but should work
if you don’t overtighten the screw when you
install it. A third option is to drill the hole
oversize, run a tap through it to cut threads,
then install a Heli-Coil threaded insert. In
fiberglass it’s a good idea to coat the external
threads with epoxy to bind the insert in place.
Install your bracket with a machine screw that
matches the interior threads of the insert.
I need to replace the carpet on the bunks
of my trailer. What type of carpet material
works best, and how should I attach it to
the wood bunks? Roger Collins
TED SENSENBRENNER: You’re
looking for a product that resembles
indoor/outdoor carpet, but marine-grade
carpet is a much better solution for
several reasons. It offers better UV pro-
tection, won’t rot or mildew, and has a
better, more durable backing, with only
minimal water retention. Be sure to fold
the ends or edges over,
and if you have a staple
gun, buy yourself a box
of stainless steel staples
and affix the carpet to the
wood. This will keep it
in place and your boat’s
hull cushioned and pro-
tected. Another option is
a smooth product made
by Taco that will attach to the top side of
DUSTIN HOOVER: Most people buy
a standard indoor/outdoor carpet from a
home improvement store, which works
well and can be bought at a decent price.
A trailer manufacturer may also sell you
carpet; they tend to have a better material,
but you’ll pay for it. I typically double up
on the leading edge to give it extra padding and support, regardless of the type
of carpet. If you can find stainless staples,
they’re your best bet. Just remember to go
back and hit each staple with a hammer to
make sure it holds.
Ted Sensenbrenner of the BoatU.S.
Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean
Water has been pulling, fixing, and studying boat trailers — and every type of trailer
problem! — for years. He’s our man.
Dustin Hoover of Legendary Trailer
Repairs fame is a top service provider for
BoatU.S. Trailer Assist in Annapolis, MD.
There’s nothing he doesn’t know about
trailers ( www.legendarytrailers.com).
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