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Old 08-30-2009, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by EagleMC View Post
GNAT, when you drilled your holes how did you prevent the gel coat from chipping. I saw a video that suggested drilling the holes while running the drill in reverse and then chamfering the holes with a round ball shaped bit. Also, were the top plates that mount to the gel coat side curved to form to the shape of the boat?

Measure, measure again and measure again, you only get one chance to do it right.
Tape the gelcoat, mark the hole, drill a small pilot hole, Vari-Bit works great to get to the hole size, drill out the tapered hole after the Vari-Bit hole in the fiberglass to hole size with a wood bit or drill bit, X-Acto knife the remaining strands, remove tape.
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