What Is The Boatfitting Process?
Boat fit outs are one of the most important maintenance jobs for your boat. A Boat Fit Out is essentially an inboard fitting, that is a procedure of inserting a combination of epoxy resins and curing tape on the hull of your boat to create a water tight seal. If you were to attempt this job yourself you would be absolutely horrified by what you would be required to achieve. I have personally done many Boat Fit Outs over the years and if I had not been careful I would have certainly had to have my boat repainted! So here is what you need to know about Boat Fit Outs before you undertake one of these projects.
Firstly, you will need boat fit out holders, Boat Rod holders and boat bait boards. These parts are all relatively inexpensive and can be bought from any boating store. Next you will require boat fit out rods. Boat rod holders will hold the rod in place while you drill into the hull so it holds the correct position relative to the water.
Boat bait boards are the next important component of the boat fit out and will be used to keep your personal belongings dry. Inboard fitting fittings are fixed on the upper surface of the hull. This consists of two rectangular fittings, the first on the lower surface of the hull and the second fixed on the upper surface. Boat bait boards are usually made of wood but can be aluminium if the proper material is available.
Boat anchors and anchor chain are the final two essential parts of Boat Fit Outs. To anchor your boat you will need two single point anchor bolts, at least one stabilised wheel (to prevent the bow of the boat moving when you are pulling it into the water), a wire rope and a stainless steel cable. To secure the cable to the deck you will need three point bolt latch. Boat anchors will have a hexagonal head on the front and will have a screw attachment at the other end to bolt the pole to the bottom of the boat.
Boat pole holders will hold the rigging in place. Boat pole holders will consist of a single or double stand of cleated iron with one or more tube cleats fixed to the top. Boat pole holders will need to be fitted onto the boom, as this is the vertical part of the boat. Boat cleats will have a hexagonal head and will be attached to the boat by an adjustable nut. Boat cleats will be anchored into the Boat Fit Out material using galvanised pipe or metal.
Boat flooring will be fitted and need to be thoroughly checked to ensure that it fits correctly. The floor will be placed over a rubber pad that has been supplied to assist in fitting the flooring. Boat flooring will need to be held securely in place using buoys and safety gear. Boat flooring will also need to be checked for loose tiles or carpet. If any tiles are loose, they will need to be secured within the Boat Fit Out system. In addition to the floor, the underfloor storage system will need to be fitted.
The final step in the process of Boat fitting is the application of Boatfitting marine ply to the boat. The ply will need to be cut to the correct size after measuring the boat. The ply should then be connected to boat fittings. The entire boat fitting process should be completed in a safe manner.
Boat fitting can be carried out by anyone who is reasonably fit and in good health. It does not require expertise so anyone can carry out the required work. Boat fitting and boating safety gear is available from many sources. Boating retailers, such as Boatfitting NZ, are great places to start looking.