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All of the shiny (and not-so-shiny) stuff that’s bolted to your boat is called hardware.

Nuts & Bolts
Fasteners are the screws, nuts and bolts that attach the various pieces of hardware to your boat. Due to their corrosion resistance, stainless steel fasteners are recommended over the bright-finish screws, bolts, and nuts from your local home-improvement store.

The term “through-bolted” means that an item of deck hardware is held in place with a bolt (or long machine screw) that goes all the way through the deck. Under the deck, a washer and nut are threaded on the bolt, and tightened with a wrench to hold the piece of deck hardware firmly in place.

Rub Rail
One of the most cost-effective ways to freshen up an older boat’s appearance is to replace the rub rail—the narrow “bumper” that goes all the way around your boat, usually at the place where the hull meets the deck.

Cleats provide a place to attach dock lines and fenders. It’s rare to have a cleat actually fail; more often than not, the fasteners holding the cleat to the deck work loose—or come out altogether.
If the cleats on your boat wiggle at all, you need to break out your tool kit and try to re-tighten the cleat’s fasteners. Remember to use a wrench or ratchet and socket to tighten the nuts under the deck if the cleats are through-bolted.

Walk-thru Windshields
Another hardware situation that’s within the realm of the do-it-yourself boat owner is fixing a droopy walk-thru windshield. If the center glass panel doesn’t want to close properly, chances are that the windshield fasteners and supports aren’t as tight as they should be.

Form Follows Function
The bottom line is that deck hardware is more than eye-candy—each piece of hardware has a job to do—and with a little upkeep, it’ll last as long as the rest of your boat.

If you have any enquiries relating to hardware on your vessel, please call us on (087) 280 7028 or e-mail us at info@truelightmarine.ie.


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