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Old 05-26-2018, 06:24 PM
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2017 Release 180 purchased new.
I cut a couple holes in top gunnel the other day to install a couple straight vertical rod holders.
everything went fine.
Tonight I cut an angled hole to install a 30° rod holder in a spot where the builder would have installed it as standard equipment but it got overlooked when they built the boat for me.
I chose to install the rod holder myself so builder sent the holders to my house. instead of taking it back to dealer 2 hours away for them to install em.
when I cut the hole tonight I noticed that there was wire mesh embedded in the gunnel fiberglass layers there. No wire mesh was found in the previous holes cut for straight rod holders.
What could have been the purpose of this piece of wire mesh in the fiberglass where I cut a hole for a rodholder that is of a location that one would have been anyways if the builder would not have forgotten to install one when building the boat? The wire mesh doesnt seem to serve any electrical purpose at all.
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Old 05-26-2018, 07:04 PM
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Default wire mesh thats something new !!almost !!

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2017 Release 180 purchased new.
I cut a couple holes in top gunnel the other day to install a couple straight vertical rod holders.
everything went fine.
Tonight I cut an angled hole to install a 30° rod holder in a spot where the builder would have installed it as standard equipment but it got overlooked when they built the boat for me.
I chose to install the rod holder myself so builder sent the holders to my house. instead of taking it back to dealer 2 hours away for them to install em.
when I cut the hole tonight I noticed that there was wire mesh embedded in the gunnel fiberglass layers there. No wire mesh was found in the previous holes cut for straight rod holders.
What could have been the purpose of this piece of wire mesh in the fiberglass where I cut a hole for a rodholder that is of a location that one would have been anyways if the builder would not have forgotten to install one when building the boat? The wire mesh doesnt seem to serve any electrical purpose at all.
depending how much has been used and where it is it has the advantage if making you boat a lot more RADAR DETECTABLE FORM THE AIR SPECIALLY !!
Long time ago I build a couple of boats for a couple of guys and we installed with in the laminate SILVERCOATED TISSUE GLASS FOR JUST SUCH A PURPOSE !! so the boats could be detected much much easier from the air in the case of a search and rescue mission !!
Also works at sea level as well but the print of smaller !
The other benefit was it also cut down LOTS on radio interference and electric static noise !
SO CHECK IT OUT WITH THE BUILDER !!

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Why not call the builder and be sure?
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Old 05-27-2018, 05:11 AM
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How about a close up photo of the cutout to see what it really is??would BE INTERESTING THATS FOR SURE
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I'll try to get a good photo to post but in the meantime this morning i was trying to fine tune the bottom edge my angled hole for a better fit and the tappered bit i was using in my drill motor fell from the chuck inside the hull.
While searching for my bit with a magnet my hand felt wire mesh wrapped around the fuel filler hose where the fuel hose is under the deck. The fuel hose had no mesh on it where you can see it vertical going up to the top of the gunnel connecting to fuel cap.
(This newly cut rod holder hole is located near the fuel filler cap) maybe they had a scap piece of wire mesh left over when wrapping the fuel filler hose and just laid it on the inside cap when it was upside down and glass matted over it BUT one would easily think ALL the glassing would have been completed and cured before hoses are installed.
I will edit this post with a photo after I get back from a funeral later today.
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I was expecting you to say a white powdery substance encased in tightly wrapped packages.
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Fuel tank ground ?
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Pictures help. “ drill motor” ? Old school.
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Old 08-13-2018, 12:07 PM
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here are some photos of the plugs I cut out for rod holders on gunnels both sides of boat.
Only the holes cut closest to midway of boat
(the most forward of rod holders installed so far) has the metal in the core.
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Is it closer to the gel coat or at the end of the glass layup ? Does the strand have sheathing ?
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Is it possible it is reinforcement, like re-bar in concrete?
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Hmmm, ...... curious.

Is it ferrous? (does a magnet stick to it?)
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It is to keep the thought control waves from reaching anyone hiding in the bilge.
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Thats weird as hell - never seen that before.
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Originally Posted by zash View Post

here are some photos of the plugs I cut out for rod holders on gunnels both sides of boat.
Only the holes cut closest to midway of boat
(the most forward of rod holders installed so far) has the metal in the core.
They sure look like electrical wires.
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