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Old 09-28-2005   #1
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How best to remove bulkhead bolts

My beloved blunt came, when purchased used years ago, with the bulk head that moved to accommodate different sizes of legs. You know, the flexible metal "belt" with the plastic bulk head attached, the metal belt bent like a horseshoe and there were holes thata went over the bolts protruding from the interior of the hull on both sides, not far from where my knees go. Anyway, I didn't fit in the boat with it so it's long gone, a foam bulk head I carved in its place. BUT, those long ass bolts...cleverly placed below the waterline, are still there. Although there's about a finger breadth between the end of the bolt and my kness I'm aftaid if I ever had an impact on the side of the boat hard enough to bend the (incredibly tough) plast, my knee would be in serious trouble. I catch some skin on the sharp metal occasionally on my way in/out. And I think they leak. So..
1) Do I simply cut the bolt shorter and get it more out of the way? If so, can I remove the bolt from the boat to do so or will this make it super leaky? The bolt is, I think, permanently in the hull..the bulk head was tightened in with a big plastic nut on the inside. There's no rubber washer or anything. So do I have to leave it in place and try to work a jigsaw or bolt cutter in there?
2) Can I remove them altogether and somehow fill the hole left with something else? This sounds like way bad idea, but I'm almost sure those holes below waterline are why there's always so much (cold ass) water in my boat.
3) Some other alternative I'm too dumb to think of.

All suggestions appreciated..I've only been boating for a few years so my experience in modifying shit isn't that extensive.

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Old 10-05-2005   #2
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bulk head

Yep. It should come right out. Should be a nut on the inside and phillipshead on the outside. These are added after the molding process and not before. The lockdowns are molded in during the molding process.

You can fill the holes with melted plastic, epoxy glue, petex, or Marine Goop. All will work.
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