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I own a Zuma Sailboat. The bracket that holds the rudder has

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I own a Zuma Sailboat. The bracket that holds the rudder has come loose. The screws are stripped. I assume there is some sort of bracket on the other side of the fiberglass but there is no way to get access. Can you recommend what I can do to lock in the bracket to secure the rudder.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
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Expert:  Joe replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

Thank you for allowing me to assist you, my name is Joe and I will be happy to assist you with your concern today.

I am just seeing if you still need assistance with this problem? The reason I ask is because I see that your question has not been answered sooner and I wanted to make sure if you still needed help.

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Joe

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Expert:  Joe replied 1 year ago.

The fasteners that came out, were they screws/pointed or bolts?

Thanks,

Joe

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Bolts.I replaced them with screws which are a little bigger (wider) as the bolts slid in and out.
Expert:  Joe replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon,

Ok, that makes sense and is what I expected, I just wanted to see if you used larger bolts or changed to screws. I do not have the schematics of this hull but when bolts are used they do one of two things or both, They either put a plate in with nuts welded/tapped to it or they set nuts in the glass during production and they become part of the hull. If they are stripped/damaged it would require cutting the area out and replacing/making a repair and then reglassing that area again. In terms of sealant, use 3m 5200 slow cure not fast cure. The 3rd way is a plate on the back side of the glass and nuts, in some cases the area is not easily accessible and or requires cutting the deck to access if there are no access areas.

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