Re: Python drive v Aquadrive
<<<how to fillet in a support/thrust plate for one of these. Halyard/Aquadrive are rather reticent about offering advice for this part of the installation on a grp boat>>>
Installing a thrust plate for the above would be very dependant on the type of hull and existing fit out, so no "one fits all" instructions available.
No doubt this is why the manufacturers are a bit coy about advising what is required.
Possible method may be based on:
I suspect I would opt for a substantial stainless steel mounting plate around 12 to 20mm with gussets each side, welded to an under plate then a cross strip frame all bedded on Micro fibres and glassed over with 8 layers of 200 gram cloth and epoxy resin, each sheet being around 2 inches larger than the first to spread the lead and allow some flexing away from the base plate' Then add a final layer of 150 gram roving's with 3 coats of resin and one coat of pigmented resin to give a very smooth and easy to clean base.
If you are contemplating the above installation I could e-mail a conceptual drawing based on some more information and perhaps a picture or two.
Don't be in a hurry though as I have two projects underway at the moment, 10 units (flats) with full floors to be fibreglassed and a power cat transom outboard pod and rear cockpit modifications to complete.
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