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Old 02-11-2009, 09:17   #16
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We've had the mast in the water a couple of times on different boats and also never had a floor board come away from it's frames.
I know having floor fixtures is good practice etc but with so many other more important things to spend time and money on I must confess I've never ever got round to fitting any.......

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Nice solution chala. GF would kill me if I did that though.

MarkJ: Duct tape wouldn't workfor us, our boards weigh nearly 20 pounds each. Which is why it would be a bad idea to have them go airborne

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Re: Are Your Floorboards Secured? If So, How?

Aren't secured floorboards a requirement in some offshore races?
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Re: Are Your Floorboards Secured? If So, How?

We are 36 tons; 16 beam. There are only a few places where we store significant material below deck and those need to be accessible. Other boards are screwed down. If we roll far enough to make the boards and issue, we will be experiencing far more difficult issues. Most below deck stuff is fixed in place.
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Re: Are Your Floorboards Secured? If So, How?

This is a bit of a "thing" with me. I rarely see new boats with anything other than gravity and/or friction holding down the sole or various access boards to the bilges. You do NOT need a rollover to have these boards come loose, particularly given the tendency in some modern designs of the hull to flex and "oilcan". So you have two choices, I think: a means to lash boxes of provisions or spares to hull stringers (netting, line, shock cord), and/or lockable hatch panels. Perhaps I've just read too many stories of cruisers getting brained by a flat of corned beef tins or that really big wrench you use for the coupling, but it strikes me that for safety's sake and for the sake of keeping your stowed stuff from shifting and perhaps causing damage to hoses, conduit or from friction, it's seamanlike to wedge or tie it down, and to keep the "lids" in place. We are probably going the PYI locking route when I get around to redoing the soles.
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Re: Are Your Floorboards Secured? If So, How?

Yes. We have the kind of latches that Paul Elliot showed in his post. I think they came from ABI. One of the bilgeboardsis held in place by a metal piece under the cabin sole on one side and a tongue and groove piece that attaches to one of the locked bilgeboard. Pretty clever. Hard to describe but I don't have a pic. Anyway, they are all secured. We use our bilge for storage so we have to open the latch each time but I like knowing that they are securely closed.
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Re: Are Your Floorboards Secured? If So, How?

All floorboards, panels, hatches and doors are securable with some form of quarter turn fastener or tension strap.
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