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Live Well Advice

Discussion in 'Boat Mechanics, Technical Help, etc' started by JBF, May 21, 2019.


  1. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    85C5933F-810B-4DE3-A986-0E6F7E3EAD56.jpeg I’ve recently purchased a Kodiak live well. But I am apprehensive on screwing holes in my floor to mount it. I’ve seen nonskid matting at West Marine. Does anyone have solid advice on this, and if hard mounting what is your suggestion on how. I have seen the little toggle bolts and I’ve seen just bolting it down what is best?
     
  2. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    If it’s as large as it look I would definitely want it attached somehow. I don’t think a non-skid mat would be nearly enough. I would be afraid one abrupt stop or tune would send it flying across the deck, and something that big and heavy could cause damage or an injury.
    I’m no expert on mounting things on a boat so take this with a grain of salt... I know that they commonly mount cleats and even poling platforms with just screws, but I’ve never felt that was the best way to do it. I think the better quality installations use a backer plate or washer and nut to provide a more secure hold. I’m sure the specific situation where the mount needs to go would determine what’s needed. Thicker areas of composite could get away with just a screw, but it would not work if you are in a particularly thin area of fiberglass... If you have no way to access the back side then stainless toggle bolts might be the best solution. Regardless, anytime you are drilling holes in the hull the main concern is keeping it watertight to prevent future issues.
     
  3. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    The manufacturer says the weight of the unit on the non sliding mat makes it safe, but I agree with you. Also anytime I have to drill a hole a epoxy the edges before installing, also use 5200. Maybe overkill but I want the boat to outlast me
     
  4. Srfrdave

    Srfrdave Matey

    Before you screw it in, you should find out if there is metal or wood backing to mount to. You dont want to be screwing into just fiberglass imo. Can you put it on the bracket or the ladder stand maybe?
     
  5. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    This is not something I’ve considered I will definitely look into it probably tomorrow my only concern running the lines without cutting through hull
     
  6. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    If you’ve done it and have a picture please send It or post it here thank you
     
  7. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    post a pic of your boat and deck where you are thinking of placing it, and I will give you my advice.

    Sam
     
  8. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    4E44B537-646F-4C37-8B41-7AE0399AB640.jpeg This is one might help a little. There’s about 4 more ft aft then full transom with full fish box. I’m taking the tank out there tomorrow or Thursday will post pics then
     
  9. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    PM me your number (do not post it)
     
  10. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    I found the spot, now I just have to drill the holes. Thank you for the help.
     
  11. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Post some pics when you get it done. Hope it all goes as planned.
     
  12. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    Sounds wimpy but I just can’t bring myself to put a hole in the deck
     
  13. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    93F435E0-04B5-45D8-BC8D-DCF5E9D2B100.jpeg It is finally done. opposite the second station. Took me long enough
     
  14. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Looks great! Thumbsup1:::1 That will be nice. Now get out there and test it out.
     
  15. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    so how is it held down?
     
  16. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    Stainless steel toggle bolts, bedded in epoxy
     
  17. JBF

    JBF Treasure Hunter
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    Took me long enough, I really didn’t want to cut holes in the boat
     

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