R 22

Rhodes 22



I asked the master of the Rhodes22, the tap method is used all over the boat. It seems the "wood screws" are harder to get right (lift and bulge), the threads are larger and more spread apart (the bigger the screws, the more force) but they do work. Itís just a safer production method with the tap, and he throws in a new wrinkle. He likes to do a shallow countersink to remove the hard, brittle gel coat from the softer fiberglass to stop spider-webbing.


PS. I have to give them credit, it takes longer to do the job with the tap.

All right, all right, I give up. I'm running out right now to buy my ľ-20 and 10-32 Rhodes22 special edition taps. I like the idea of countersinking the gelcoat. I've got one of those already. I'm still going to stick with Boat Life caulk. I hope GB didn't use 5200 on my ports, as they leak and will have to come out for re-caulking.


No, it's silicon. I had to redo mine. I tried to talk them into using 4200 but they would not do it. Now, if they would just use more and stop worrying about cleanup. With a few more beads and not over- tightening, life would be perfect.


On the self-tapping screw front, I agree and suggest that perhaps using a tap and machine thread screws would be a good idea. A recent call to GB revealed that the genoa track is installed that way. I had purchased the mast crane kit and installed the pivot block on the cabin top last year. The instructions dictated that the block be installed with machine screws after tapping the fiberglass and (dare I say it) 3M 5200 sealant.

Alex Bell

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