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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 01:11 #1

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I went down to the boat today to get my crab pots and put them in the storage and I noticed on my portside Stern, one of the screws that holds the aluminum rub rail on was unscrewed about an inch. I went and got a Phillips screwdriver and screwed it in then notice all the surrounding ones were out maybe an eighth of an inch to a quarter inch also. And then the other ones within a few feet of had to be tightened about a quarter to a half turn each.
I expect stuff like that on my Harley, but on the boat? Is this normal? Someone trying to steal my rub rail?

This is on the 3288.

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 01:55 #2

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Wasn't me. Now I'll have to keep an eye on my rub rail.

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 02:10 #3

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I think the hull and overall all structure may twist at sea and vibrate from the motors more than we realize working screws and fasteners loose. Just a guess but maybe you rail is in better condition than Joe440's...just sayin ;)
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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 02:35 #4

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When you refastened the screws did they take a good bite? If they did, it likely just is from vibration. If not you may have rot in this area. Any moisture that finds it way in on the top side of the rail may get trapped there and cause some damage.

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 02:56 #5

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I have retightened mine a few times,

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 08:57 #6

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"I have some loose screws"

Some folks have been saying that about you for years... B)
(You knew someone was gonna say it!)

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 14:39 #7

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Jeffw wrote: "I have some loose screws"

Some folks have been saying that about you for years... B)
(You knew someone was gonna say it!)


Lol that was my thought before I even opened it lol boy they just opened themselves up for it :)

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 15:00 #8

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At least I'm not missing a few screws. Yet...

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 15:01 #9

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I thought this was gonna be a dock walk.

Be sure to check the seal (caulking) at the hull. Water loves to get through there.

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 15:02 #10

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bhawes wrote: When you refastened the screws did they take a good bite? If they did, it likely just is from vibration. If not you may have rot in this area. Any moisture that finds it way in on the top side of the rail may get trapped there and cause some damage.


Yeah, they tightened up good after screwing them back in.
They are on the side that's against the dock, so there is a fender right there. And it has been very windy and stormy lately, with lots of freezing weather. So it has been bouncing off the fender a lot. Must have had a lot of flexing.

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I have some loose screws 22 Dec 2016 15:04 #11

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When I had that happen on past boats, I would back them out and add some sealer to the hole before reinserting the screw. Never happened again.

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