How strong is six10

fadetoblack188

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How strong is west systems six10 epoxy? I cut and installed the breast hook on my 16ft dory’s new rub rails last night.

there will be a bow light and a 4-5 inch cleat getting fastened to it.

my question is, is the epoxy strong enough alone to keep that breast hook secure? It’s a 16 ft fiberglass dory and the tensile strength of the epoxy says 6,438lbs. I can’t see with the anchor line out even in some heavy current it ever seeing 6k lbs.

The angle is super tuff if I had to pre drill and put some 3 inch screws in from the outside rub rails through into the breast hook.

I was thinking of running a piece of 3/4x3/4 white oak to match underneath the breast hook expanding to under both rails on both sides this would also help with the force being applied to the cleat. Or some other way to reinforce it from underneath.

What are your thoughts?

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I agree with El Mar- always over engineer and have peace of mind! Through bolt along with the thickened epoxy.
 

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ok i will run two pieces of 3/4 by 3/4 under the breast hook expanding to under the inwells and epoxy those in place. I will put them so the cleat will bolt thru the breast hook and the strips underneath. Hopefully this will be strong enough.
 

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Six10 is very strong indeed however, unlike mixing your own thickened epoxy, it does not give you a chance to "prime" the wood first with liquid epoxy. Usually when mixing your own, you mix the epoxy, prime the wood, then add the thickener and continue.
Nice job and fit.
 
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