BOAT COLLAR FITTINGS

Below: see how versatile the Boat Collars are for your particular size and style of boat.

WHO FITS IT?

YOU FIT IT

Bit of a handy-man? That's all you need to join the 70% of self-fitters. We're available 7 days a week if you feel unsure at any stage during fitting.

A THIRD PARTY FITS IT

Independent fitters and marine dealers who fit Collars are all around Australia. Tell us where you are, and we'll put you in touch. This page is for them, too.

THE KAPTEN FITS IT

If you're near the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, see the Kapten in Nambour. Scroll to see our fitting prices and details near bottom of page.

HOW TO FIT A KAPTEN BOAT COLLAR

5m Clark w/ Regular Collar

"Test drove it finally the other day and very happy! Installed myself with no probs. Very stable, no splash in the boat, no cavitation."

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Robert B. Bundaberg, QLD. 

3.75m Quintrex w/ Regular Collar

"Thank you for all the support prior to and after the fitting of my KBC. If anyone would like to discuss the fitting..."

Alan Hocking, ACT. 

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fit their own Boat Collars
Squirting glue behind plates.
Squirting glue behind plates.
4.5m Ally Craft w/ Regular Collar.

"I installed it all by myself, and it was easy to follow your instructions. P.S. Feel free to give my phone number to those who want to talk to me. 0427 778 781 - Fred Els, QLD. 

3.1 Manta-craft w/ Mini Collar.

"I put the Collar on myself and found the instructions easy to follow. I’m very happy ... and definitely recommend it to others who want a safer and more stable tender."

Don M. Gympie, QLD. 

THERE ARE 2 METHODS OF FITTING

1. MECHANICAL METHOD

Cheaper & easier!

Suitable for:

  • tenders to yachts (no plates on outside of Collar)
  • all dinghies with internal access, including;
    • plastic boats (single skin)
    • fibreglas boats (single skin)
    • Aluminium boats, including plate hulls
  • Light boats up to 6m in some cases

Mechanically attached with stainless steel screws that go from inside the hull, outwards - into inserted aluminium plates within the Collar. This is the cheaper fitting method.

This strong fitting method has been perfected over the past 8 years and is how 96% of Boat Collars are fitted.

More info below ↓

2. CHEMI-WELD METHOD

All fixed from the outside!

Suitable for:

  • fibreglass boats (single & double skin)
  • aluminium plate & pressed boats
  • boats lacking internal access from either;
    • internal obstructions/compartments
    • double lined hull
    • high, sealed floor

No internal access needed, as all fixings are welded to the outside of the hull, either chemically (with super strong adhesive) or by oxy-welding them to a bare plate hull.

Not suitable for plastic vessels. After R&D, this fitting option became available late 2017. It is the strongest fitting method.

MECHANICALLY FIXED COLLARS ARE FITTED IN 5 BASIC STEPS

PLAY THE OVERVIEW VIDEO TO SEE THE 5 STEPS

This fitting info is for Tuff-Tec Collars, and please note that the video is just an overview (you will receive a more specific one with your order).

STEP 1 - mark and drill your boat

  • Mark fixing points every 300mm inside your hull, using your supplied template as a guide.
  • Drill where you've designated the screws to fix.

STEP 2 - strap Collar to your boat and mark the Collar.

  • Strap the Collar into the correct position.
  • Mark the Collar by stabbing it with a thinner drill bit through the fixing holes (indicates where the internal plate needs to go).

STEP 3 - remove Collar and hammer in plates

  • Remove Collar from your boat and place it upside down on the ground.
  • Line up plates above your "poked" marks and hammer them in alongside the inner hard layer (only available with Tuff-Tec Collars).
    • (if Original Collar)- cut each pocket with a long knife.

STEP 4 - glue the plates inside your Collar

  • Squeeze 1-2 pumps of Liquid Nails Original into each plate pocket & to seal openings.
  • Set aside in the shade and allow glue to thoroughly dry (4 - 5 days).

STEP 5 - strap collar to boat and fit it off.

  • Strap the Collar to the side of your boat again, in the same position as last time.
  • Apply Tef Gel to the screw tips and under the dome washers for non-corrosive and water-repelling properties.
  • Fix the Collar to your boat by tightening the screws into the plates inside your Collar, from the inside of your hull.
  • Now go and enjoy!

INCLUDED IN YOUR KIT (MECH-COLLARS)

 

  • Kapten Boat Collar.
  • Stainless steel, pan-head, self-tapping screws.
  • Stainless steel washers.
  • Tef-Gel anti-corrosive cream, 10g or 30g tube.
  • Watertight rubber dome washers.
  • Aluminium internal plates.
  • 2 drill bits.
  • 1 driver bit.
  • 2 x KBC Logo stickers
  • Small pack of brochures & cards
  • Detailed step-by-step written instructions.
  • Detailed step-by-step video link.

Boats over 3.5m, except tenders, will also have external fixings.

 

 

WHAT IS NEEDED

 

  • 2-4 x cartridges of Liquid Nails Original (green label).
  • 1 x 200g tub of Selly's Kwik Grip Gel Vertical (only if you'll be shaping your bow or gluing transom foam to Collar).
  • Power drill.
  • Carpenter's wood panel saw or electric bread knife.
  • 4" or 6" Angle Grinder or planer.
  • 1 x fine flap disc for 4" / 6" angle grinder/sander.
  • Cartridge glue gun.

HAVE US FIT IT

Our fitting prices include GST:

All Tuff-Tec Collars: $300 - $800 (2.5 to 5m boat).

 

O-Mini 33 Collar: $400 - 600 (2.5 to 3.5m boat). Takes approx. 1.5 hours extra labour (carefully cutting pockets).

 

Transom Collars POA.

Please allow 4 - 5 days for the fitting process and empty your boat of all removable items, except fuel tanks & batteries. Also, please ensure casting deck is easy for us to remove.

2 Warranties

Kapten's warranty for quality of foam, plus a 24 month warranty on the quality of fitting.  See them.

IMPORTANT - how to inspect your trailer before fitting

REQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to use Liquid Nails? Can't I use Sikaflex?

Liquid Nails is the only one we recommend or cover with warranty as it chemically bonds to the foam - (think melting together with the foam) - so the foam actually tears before the glue will ever let go - and it takes a LOT for the foam to tear.

Sikaflex on the other hand will stick to the Collar, but under pressure it will peel off the Collar, leaving an almost perfect impression of the foam on its surface.

Therefore, only Liquid Nails Original (or its brother, Parfix), should be used to glue in the internal plates.

Does it have to go all the way to the bow?

The full-length is a major feature that makes KBCs work as well as they do. #1. It turns down the spray, for dry rides. #.2 It produces bow lift, to protect against nose-diving. #3. It provides maximum overall buoyancy.#4. IMPORTANT: if a Collar stops short (is not full length) on a chine fitting, 'green' water can get on top of it during a turn, which has the potential to make it dig in and flip the boat. A proper-length Collar does the opposite, allowing the tightest, most level turns possible.

Will a Collar cause corrosion?

No, because all screws are coated with Tef-gel, an amazing creamy substance that remains tacky for years, to keep a protective barrier between the stainless steel screws & your aluminium hull.

The Collar itself is fitted tight against your hull and is non-corrosive, being foam. If you use your boat up very dirty creeks or flood waters, and are concerned about debris wedging against your hull, you can run a strip/bead of Sikaflex or silicon around the Collar to seal it, if you want.

Regarding painted boats; factory painted or boats that have been prepped and painted with quality marine paint, won't have a problem with a Boat Collar being fitted. BUT, if you have a hull that's painted cheaply, like with house paint, that was also poorly prepared, it's almost guaranteed the paint will deteriorate and allow water to sit behind the paint and cause corrosion.

My boat has side pockets - can I still fit a Collar?

Yes, absolutely. Most Collars will fit underneath side pockets, but if the side pocket covers the fixing area, a small pilot hole is required to be drilled through the side pocket (about 12mm diameter). This allows for the long drill bits to pass through, allowing you the right angle etc on the screw heads.

Do I have to lift my floor to fit a Collar?

You'll only have to lift your main floor if the floor is 40mm or more above the chine line (side plate meets bottom plate). Most tinnies have the floor sitting just above the chine bar, so doesn't need removing.

If your floor is sealed and/or can't be removed, and is higher than 40mm - you can either;

  1. Raise the Collar so the bottom fixing sits just above your floor.
  2. Use external fixings to anchor the Collar below your floor.
  3. Or, you may be eligible for the new Chemi-Weld fitting method (only suitable for large boats) that requires no internal fixings. Ask us for more info. 
Can I glue it on instead of screws?

If your boat is over 4.5m long and have either pressed or flat sides, and is either fibreglass or aluminium - yes, you may be able to glue it or weld it onto the sides of your boat, using our new Chemi-Weld fitting method. Ask us for more info. 

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE NEXT?

CONTACT/VISIT

Office: (07) 5441 3636
Mobile: 0423 499 047
58 Arundell Ave Nambour, QLD, Australia 4560.
info@boatcollar.com.au

BUSINESS DETAILS

Australian Patent # 2010210449. American Patent Application # 13/083,588 - Watercraft Accessory.
Marine Safety Innovations Pty Ltd.
ABN # 53 141 908 385
Australian owned & operated since 2010

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