{Stus-List} Traveller sheet design deficiency

Russ & Melody russmel at telus.net
Mon Mar 15 13:52:07 EDT 2010

I used aluminum for the backing plate with normal size washer under the nuts.
Aluminum tools well with ordinary wood-working tools and I happen to have a 
decent size scrap pile of the stuff. As Dennis mentions, it's a dry area so 
I'm not worried about corrosion.

BTW, I used acrylic under the hardware to overlap & hide the cracks.

         Cheers, Russ
         35 mk-1

At 05:51 AM 3/15/2010, you wrote:
>I have noticed the same thing and am going to do the same thing. Mine has 
>a turning block with a cam cleat mounted just above it.  The two fasteners 
>at the top are small bolts, but the bottom two are just screws.  I 
>couldn't believe that was all they put there given the loads that have to 
>be placed on that turning block.  My cracks are mostly coming out of where 
>the screws are. What are you going to use for backing plates?  Obviously 
>stainless steel would be the way to go, but I don't know where to get a 
>small sheet (maybe 5" x 5") and don't believe my drill will drill through 
>stainless.  I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
>On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM, Dennis C. 
><<mailto:captbuy at yahoo.com>captbuy at yahoo.com> wrote:
>For those who may have a similar configuration, I noticed stress cracks in 
>the gelcoat around the turning blocks for my traveller sheet.  These 
>blocks were mounted in the vertical cockpit bulkhead at the end of the 
>traveller.  They were backed by large washers.  This bulkhead is not cored.
>I will be upgrading the system with backing plates behind the fasteners.
>Dennis C.
>Touche' 35-1 #83
>Mandeville, LA
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