BOAT COLLAR FITTINGS
The Mechanical fitting method has been approved by several Marine Surveyors, AMSA [Australian Maritime Safety Authority] (by approving boats fitted with the Collars), as well as a Ship Inspector, a Naval Engineer & several Naval Architects all gave it the thumbs-up.
Below: Do you know what your boat style is? See what a Collar looks like on your style of boat.
WHO INSTALLS 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.
THERE ARE 2 METHODS OF FITTING
1. CHEMI-WELD METHOD
Stronger & fixed from the outside
- Fibreglass boats (small, with less than 10hp), Collars can be simply glued on. No fixings required.
- BIG aluminium plate & pressed boats, fixings can be welded to hull for superior strength.
- BIG boats lacking internal access from:
- double lined hull
- high, sealed floor etc.
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 ali hull.
If external fixings are needed, boat's must be over 4.8m+ due to the heavy fixings that are required. Thus not suitable for most small/light boats.
2. MECHANICAL (common) METHOD
Cheaper & easier to install
- all vessels with internal access & single skin hulls. Eg;
- plastic boats & canoes (single skin)
- fibreglass boats (single skin)
- Aluminium boats, including plate hulls
- tenders to yachts (no plates on outside of Collar)
- Light-weight boats up to 6m in some cases
Collar is mechanically attached with stainless steel screws that go from inside of the hull, outwards - into inserted aluminium plates within the Collar. This is the cheaper fitting method, and the one you'll be quoted for as standard, unless your boat details, or request, show you need the alternative.
This strong fitting method has been perfected over the past 8 years and is how 96% of Boat Collars are fitted.
More info below ↓
PREVENT CORROSION & ENSURE A WATER TIGHT SEAL
We don't want you to have any corrosion or water leaking issues when you install your Collar, so you'll receive only the best fixings & hardware. This method is proven, and with proper maintenance, you'll be enjoying your Collar for many years to come.
The fitting method has been approved by several Marine Surveyors, AMSA [Australian Maritime Safety Authority] (by approving boats fitted with the Collars) and we've also had a Ship Inspector, a Naval Engineer & several Naval Architects all gave it the thumbs up.
The nylon dome washers (better than ones used on tin rooves) holds the Tef-Gel in place, providing protection and a flexible water-tight seal.
HAVE US INSTALL IT AT NAMBOUR, QLD.
Our installation 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 Collar installed; $50 - $80 extra.
Note* these are not Boat Collar prices, just the fitting service.
Please allow 4 - 5 days for the installation process and empty your boat of all removable items, including tote (fuel) tanks, to provide a clear run at the sides & rear corners of the boat.
Any extra duties / longer time spent is charged at $80/hr. Eg. casting deck screws are all burred or corroded - takes a lot longer to remove.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
- Raise the Collar so the bottom fixing sits just above your floor.
- Use external fixings to anchor the Collar below your floor.
- 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.
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.
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58 Arundell Ave Nambour, QLD, Australia 4560.
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