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    I'm installing a new outdrive in a boat and have seen two different methods and would like some opinions on them.
    1. Drill hole and coat exposed wood with resin
    2. Drill hole larger than needed, fill with thickened resin, drill correct sized hole

    Any thoughts, experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boatbroke View Post
    I'm installing a new outdrive in a boat and have seen two different methods and would like some opinions on them.
    1. Drill hole and coat exposed wood with resin
    2. Drill hole larger than needed, fill with thickened resin, drill correct sized hole

    Any thoughts, experience?
    All are good and in fact it really depends on you considering most or all of the Boat Co's that I have worked for in the past have always went with coating the exposed wood / hole with resin making sure it was properly sealed , and seeing that we are on this subject there is one company that I worked for who did there larger cuts out's such as Gimbal's ,Vents , Thru hull Exhaust , etc , by covering the whole perimeter / cut out with a layer of finish fabric ( cheese cloth ) sometimes two using 3 ounce .

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    So, what I'm hearing is that there isn't any real benefit to be gained by overdrilling the hole... Sure saves me a lot of work. I was planning on using tape to cover the edges that I could get to (keyhole and exhaust holes).

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