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Glue-on fasteners help don’t require drilling and protect cored material from water.

Glue-on Fasteners

No-drill options abound for do-it-yourselfers.

Although through-bolts may be the gold standard for strength and security, sometimes drilling a hole isn’t practical, or exposes foam or balsa core to water intrusion. Mounting a sump-pump to the side of the hull, attaching electrical components when the other side is either inaccessible or exposed, mounting an air conditioner on the bridge deck of a catamaran, or adding solar panels to a hard top are just a few examples of situations where a surface mounting is needed.

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