Plate removal at bow

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  1. tfrere

    tfrere Thomas McNulty

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    Hey guys,
    I need to replace some teak on the bow cap rail at the forward end of the boat. There is a stainless plate there mounted with slotted bolt heads. Has anyone ever removed this plate? From what I can see, there is a layer of teak and another plate below the top one. I assume the lower plate is tapped as there would be no way to access nuts in that area. Any help is appreciated.
    Thanks
     
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    struell Stephen Ruell

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    Are you talking about the cast fitting on the bow that covers the seam between the two sides of the cap rails where they meet? at least there is one on a '78 M382. on our boat the bolts backed right out to expose the teak.
     
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    tfrere Thomas McNulty

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    That’s the one. Mine has what appears to be machine screws. The heads are slotted for a large flat head screwdriver. It looks like it has another plate under a layer of maybe 1/4” teak. I assume the lower plate has threads tapped into it.​
    Thanks
     
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    struell Stephen Ruell

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    I took it off and it is held on with bolts tapped into a plate as you describe. The under plate seems very well anchored, but covered with wood so I don't know anything about it. I replaced it with a thick aluminum plate in order to mount an anchor roller.
     
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    tfrere Thomas McNulty

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    Thank you Stephen, that’s what I needed to know.
     

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