Deck Mounting a Seat

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  1. pwillie
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    What type insert would you use to mount a a cooler seat that is fastened to the deck?
     
  2. gonzo
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    If the deck is solid fiberglass there are several types of available Stainless inserts. However, if there is a core inserts are almost impossible to seal.
     
  3. missinginaction
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    Wood deck? If it is, let me know as I have an good approach for you that does not require drilling holes in the deck. I just don't want to waste a lot of time writing until I know what you're dealing with.

    Regards,

    MIA
     
  4. pwillie
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    Its a fiberglass deck with a wood core...about 3/4 inch...
     
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    Are you using an insert because there is no access to put washers and nuts from under?
     
  6. pwillie
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    That is correct....
     
  7. gonzo
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    Have you considered cutting an access hole that will be covered by the seat?
     
  8. PAR
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    Use nutserts and machine screws. Conversely, the fasteners can be "bonded" in epoxy. You can also cast studs into the sole (see below)
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  9. missinginaction
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    My idea is along the idea that PAR gave you but a little different.

    When I mounted a couple of pedestal seats on the flybridge I didn't want any holes in the cabin top.

    I fabricated wooden plates, determined where I needed mounting holes for the pedestals and then used T-nuts that I installed on the bottom of the plates. The barrel of the t-nut goes up into the plate and you secure your seat with a machine screw of the appropriate size.

    Once you've got your plate made, just apply small pieces of packing tape to the underside of the plate where the t-nuts are (to keep epoxy out of the threads) and glue the plate down with thickened epoxy. Fare up the edges, paint and you're done.

    This method gives you a solid mount and NO HOLES to worry about. Oh, stainless steel nuts and fasteners of course.

    MIA
     
  10. pwillie
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    This is a small boat(17 ft)....and I want to drill a hole in the deck and use some type of expansion fastener..I have seen some regular steel types ,but nothing in in stainless....I need help in finding this solution..:?:
     
  11. PAR
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    NutSerts are the choice for this.

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    They come in many sizes and configurations. For this application get the closed end versions, so moisture can't get under them. Grainger, FastenAl and Hanson Rivet are the usual sources.
     

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    Thanks Par....I believe it will work..
     
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