Advice on drilling holes in mast

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by WayneVT, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. WayneVT

    WayneVT New Member

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    Need to drill some holes in the top of my mast to attach a Hobie mast float. Haven't worked with metal before...do I need a special drill bit to do this...or are my standard set of "Craftsman" bits up to the task?

    Thanks.
     
  2. vanm

    vanm New Member

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    The mast is aluminum and any drill bit made for metal will do.
     
  3. underDAWG

    underDAWG New Member

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    Aluminum is easy to drill thru, any bi-metal drill bit will do. All for metal drilling, use low speed and plently of cutting oil. Also start a pilot hole first. HTH.

    Later,
     
  4. WayneVT

    WayneVT New Member

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    Thanks for quick responses!

    As always --- you can count on Capri owners and association for quick helpful advice. Thanks much!
     
  5. Ed Jones

    Ed Jones Secretary/Vice Commodore Staff Member

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    Drilling in mast

    Any time you drill into the mast, be sure to coat the screws with silicon before you insert them. It not only makes the mast more watertight, it also helps prevent corrosion due to the two dissemilar metals (alum. and steel).
     

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