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    Okay, so I have a 1976 rogers super cyclone 18'. The sheetmetal tanks that came in the boat have seen their final day. I bought some aluminum saddle tanks (that need to be modified to fit right) to put in the boat. Now I am looking at mounting the straps, and I am sure that I don't want to drill through the bottom of the boat, but I am not sure what will be the best way to mount them. I was thinking of fiberglassing a block of wood on the floor of the boat, and attaching to it. The part that I am not sure of is how would I attach to it???? I hope that you guys have some input that could steer me in the right direction. Thanks, Chris

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    I ended up epoxying some 1" ply down, used some west coast marine epoxy to set the mounting bolts into the ply. Then took some cloth and epoxy and laid up and over the ply to make it waterproof. I works fine, doesn't look so pretty though. Once I get the interior done you'll never see it. Another option is to sammich it between a couple of gunnel braces.
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    run a SS bolt up through the block of wood then glass it in place.

    That would give you a mounting platform and an attachment point.

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    FWIW, I'll be the first to admit I hate the "hole in the bottom" (c'sunk stainless) but thats what we do !

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    No biggy drilling and bolting from the bottom, it's been done for eons. Sealing the bolt, and the sealant is the key. Most are sealed with silicone, this allows for movement. I prefer seagoing epoxy for the task, once it sets up, it ain't moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    No biggy drilling and bolting from the bottom, it's been done for eons. Sealing the bolt, and the sealant is the key. Most are sealed with silicone, this allows for movement. I prefer seagoing epoxy for the task, once it sets up, it ain't moving.
    Sleekcrafter, your the man!!!!!! Why didn't I think of that????? Thats how I did the bolts on the intake with no problems, and since the summer is coming fast that sounds like the easiest and fastest way to do it.

    Thanks for the input guys, it sounds like I have an easy solution.

    Chris

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