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Old 28-08-2013, 06:58   #1
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I'm going to install a Wind Turbine Tower

I ordered a wind turbine tower, which is basically exhaust pipe....That I'm going to paint and make it look presentable.

My question is that it has a 4"x8" Bracket that I will mount to the boat(the first holes I will put in her.)

I was just wondering if there is any special sealant or putty I should put in between the bracket and the boat, or on the back side.

Its just a basic Steel Bracket.
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Old 28-08-2013, 07:12   #2
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Re: I'm going to install a Wind Turbine Tower

The short answer is yes... I recommend Butyl tape...

BUT... You have all other manners to be concerned with too...

Steel??? on FG? Backing plate?... deck core/hole prep?.... You need to google this...
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Re: I'm going to install a Wind Turbine Tower

Thanks for the reply.

So drill the holes, then apply apoxy to make sure water doesn't get into the deck core, and then apply a steel back plate, or really large washers, sounds good.

Butyl tape on each side of the plates. Sounds good.
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Re: I'm going to install a Wind Turbine Tower

You're on the right track...

If you are talking about a pole that is unsupported other than the plate, you will probably have problems with cracking the deck if you don'tanchor it in 2 places at least... Backing plate for sure... glassed wood, Starboard better than another steel part...

Only need to tape/bed above deck...

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"Measure twice (three, four, five or more times), cut (drill) once" is the only advice I can offer! Unwanted holes are not a good thing in your boat. : )

PS also make sure the tower is high enough, so the wind gen blades are far from waving arms when standing on deck below. Mine is a little too short and dangerous when standing on the aft cockpit coaming. About to get a new Bimini and the shortness of the tower and lowness of the blades is a major issue.
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Re: I'm going to install a Wind Turbine Tower

Putting a strip of Butyl under the bolt heads will stop water from creeping in and prevents it from coming down the bolts.
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If I was doing it again, I would not have put the wind gen mast thru the (reverse) transom and bolted to a block glassed onto the inside of the hull. Very strong, but when making power is very loud and resonant. I wish I had isolated the mast with some kind of dense foam or some such. It can't be left on at night, makes us think it's blowing like mad out there.
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Thanks for the input, do you have pictures of your install? I'm a little iffy on the through the reverse transom, also did you install any rubber on your mounting bracket?
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