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Old 03-08-2008, 22:21   #1
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Gudgeon replacement

The lower gudgeon mounting screws are leaking water into my boat. The gudgeons are mounted on wood blocks to stand them off the hull about 1 inch. The factory blocks seem to be wood. Will oak be okay to replace these blocks? Any secrets to share on doing this?
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:45   #2
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The lower gudgeon mounting screws are leaking water into my boat. The gudgeons are mounted on wood blocks to stand them off the hull about 1 inch. The factory blocks seem to be wood. Will oak be okay to replace these blocks? Any secrets to share on doing this?
That would not be a good idea. Solid woods tend to crack under load. Use marine grade plywood clad in fiberglass and epoxy.
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Corrosion & Rot resistant Stand-Off Blocks can be fabricated from Polyethylene materials (Hi-Density HDPE, Very High Molecular Weight VHPE, or Ultra-High Molecular Weight UHMW ), such as 'StarBoard'.

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I would go with the plastic in white. Its a known strength, as opposed to wood, and you won't have to paint or varnish it.
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Corrosion & Rot resistant Stand-Off Blocks can be fabricated from Polyethylene materials (Hi-Density HDPE, Very High Molecular Weight VHPE, or Ultra-High Molecular Weight UHMW ), such as 'StarBoard'.

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Ever heard of "Functional Fixedness" ? My answer was a stunning example of it -- or at least close enough. I hadn't even thought to answer with something other than wood since that was what he was asking about.

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I would go with the plastic in white. Its a known strength, as opposed to wood, and you won't have to paint or varnish it.
I agree. You might be able to find a small cutting board made with this stuff.
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