Stainless Cleat Repair

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Stainless Cleat Repair

Postby BTW » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:50 am

A long time customer needed a stainless cleat repaired.

It had been torn off the gunnel rail. He fixed the gunnel and he wanted a back up plate to help secure everything down so it would not happen again.

That meant to cut off the original studs and weld on new longer studs. The original ones were bent/twisted and too short anyway.

I made up a jig to hold the new studs somewhat plumb while I welded them to the cleat. I was going to use the GMAW process but, there was too much wind blowing through the shop. So I used the SMAW process with 316 stainless rod since that is the alloy the studs were and most marine fixtures are made/forged from the same alloy. 316 offers a high corrosion resistance. This was not a big job but, it was time consuming to make sure everything lines up.

The pictures shows the results.



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