- Mar 16, 2017
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Can’t really do that with the much wider inwale section of vinyl gunwales.
I have used the plastic "P clips" that are designed to secure coaxial cable. These can be secured to the underside of most synthetic inwales with a single stainless steel screw. They are only large enough to accept paracord or fairly small diameter accessory cord. When not in use the can be rotated inward under the inwale so nothing sticks out.
I have used stainless sheet metal screws to attach about a thousand nylon pad eyes (inchworms) to synthetic gunwales on a considerable variety of canoes. Never had a screw pull out.Why screws and not pop rivets?
Dab it with epoxy on both sides, slide it between the inwale and hull, and clamp?
To answer Glenn’s question, I think an epoxy bond, even G/flex between a vinyl or aluminum gunwale, would eventually fail from the stress, torque and twist of the D-ring flange.
I could try that as a further experiment. I still have experimental pieces of vinyl and aluminum gunwale attached to scraps of Royalex, but I have no more of those Northwater flanged D-rings.