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35713Re: [SabreSailboat] Re: Cowl Vents - 4" with a little extra work?

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  • Peter Tollini
    Jan 2, 2012
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      Mine ('88) came off easily with a thin putty knife.  Since then I've foun that an incredible tool for removing caulk, etc, and freeing bedded flanges is a reciprocating tool (Fein, Dremel, Rockwell) with a thin, flexible scraper blade.  I removed a through hull bedded with 5200 in a matter of minutes with no damage.  I think the high frequency vibration softens the material and allows easy removal.

      On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 6:21 PM, JohnF <jl_folk@...> wrote:


      The old deck plates were bedded, they didn't budge by just yanking on them. I drove a sharp putty knife under the flange all the way around. I used a short pry bar to reach down inside the box in order to get some leverage from underneath the throat of the vent. That seemed to help break the grip of the adhesive. Only one of the deck plates came out whole. The old plastic was very brittle and easily split up with the putty knife and some gentle tapping. It was easier to get out once broken up into pieces.

      Once the deck plate was out, it was easy to scrape off the old adhesive and clean it up with some acetone.

      The first one took about 20 minutes, then the other three took about 20 minutes total once I figured out how to do it!

      --- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, "Ken Jenkins" <kjenk3@...> wrote:
      > John,
      > As a side question, did you have much trouble getting the mounting plate for
      > the Martec vent off? I also have a 34 MkII andI had unscrewed one earlier
      > this Fall to check hole size, but could not seem to pull out the mounting
      > plate. I thought maybe it had been bedded with an adhesive. Having limited
      > time, I decided to put off really working on the problem.
      > Thanks for any insight, Ken
      > _____
      > From: Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com]
      > On Behalf Of JohnF
      > Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2012 6:13 AM
      > To: Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [SabreSailboat] Cowl Vents - 4" with a little extra work?
      > The old original Martec cowl vents were removed yesterday on our 1987 34
      > MkII (thank you 55 degree Maryland weather!). In reviewing the archives, it
      > looks like most people have replaced with 3" cowl vents, often requiring a
      > teak or starboard 'pad' to accommodate a smaller deck ring.
      > Has anyone gone to the effort to slightly modify the dorade box to install
      > 4" vents? The holes in my deck are 3 11/16 inches, somewhat bigger than is
      > needed for a 3" vent, and slightly smaller than is needed for a 4" vent.
      > It's tempting -- the 4" vents are only an inch taller (so I don't think they
      > would look out of scale), but have 40% more air flow capacity (based on
      > Vetus catalog).
      > I don't see any references to this approach, so am suspecting that there is
      > a hidden 'gotcha !!!'.
      > Thanks -

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