I've just purchased a modular water
maker. I've got a 40 foot cat, and am thinking of placing the high pressure vessels (the membranes) in my starboard forepeak birth. The boat
is foam cored glass.
I picked up a Seawater Pro dual membrane system. I'm guessing I'l use 8 screws per membrane to hold the pressure vessels in place.
What are my options for mounting hardware
My thoughts were:
* Drill over sized holes into hull
for each screw, fill with epoxy
, and then sink a screw into this epoxy
to hold the membranes. Would be the "cleanest" install, but would require drilling 16 holes into my hull
, quite a bit of work
, and one mistake and you now have an above water
through hole. Not ideal.
* Glass in a piece of marine
ply that is a bit bigger than the 2 membranes. Decent amount of work
(and I've never glassed before), but would be plenty strong and waterproof. Con is I might crack my glass job if there is ever any flexing in the bow (not sure if this is a concern or not). Also, this is pretty permanent and never coming out. Ever.
* Adhere (glue/epoxy/magic sauce) a piece of marine
ply like above, but don't worry about glassing it. Now flexing sounds like more of a danger
and what about water proofing?
* Adhere several smaller blocks of wood
directly where I want to sink the screws. A bit more work than the above solution, but flexing of the bow shouldn't be too much a concern, as the wood
would be 50 mm wide by 100 mm tall. Same concern about water proofing though.
I'm trying to balance out skill required vs finished look and strong enough to hold vs impossible to correct a mistake.
I'm planning on gluing a rubber mat to the floor and mounting the motor
to that mat to aid in vibration/noise reduction. I'm not overly concerned with that mounting approach for the motor
, because I am not fighting gravity.
Thanks for any idea or tips!