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    Default Bedding. A cockpit sole

    Here’s the question: what to use on a self draining cockpit sole that I want to remove every few years to get better access to the engine compartment.
    dolfinite seals well but requires quite a lot of force to break away. Anything that seals well but requires less force?
    sole rests on a 1” wide shelf with screws every six inches.
    butyl tape?

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    Default Re: Bedding. A cockpit sole

    I'm thinking something like a porthole or skylight hatch. A brass bead pressing into a rubber gasket.
    Or something like this https://rubbersmart.co.uk/product/ru...l-40mm-x-20mm/ set in a rebate in the bearer.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Bedding. A cockpit sole

    Self adhesive neoprene tape 3mm thick.Cut clearance holes for the screws with a piece of sharpened tube.A dab of mastic under the screw heads won't hurt.

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    Default Re: Bedding. A cockpit sole

    plumbers putty or softened toilet bowl wax will give you the seals you are looking for as long as the lip seal is at least 4mm. Chemical resistant. fill and level as needed. paint over if you chose. clean up and replace is a snap.
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    Default Re: Bedding. A cockpit sole

    Why not use 1/4' thick butyl tape

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    Default Re: Bedding. A cockpit sole

    If Dolphinte is tough to break free I'm thinking Butyl tape will be even worse. Am I mis-thinking this?

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    Default Re: Bedding. A cockpit sole

    Best bedding I have ever found
    "permanently pliable" is true
    It comes in black or gray




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    Default Re: Bedding. A cockpit sole

    Waterproof cockpit sole hatch is like a waterproof butterfly skylight.

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    To the OP: Isn't it best to have good and quick access to the engine at all times? I've built a good size cockpit sole hatch with 1" rise and that's enough to keep the water out (mostly) and give full access. Not waterproof but, as Wizbang says above, that's almost an impossible ask.

    But this might not be appropriate if your cockpit is likely to take big seas.



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