HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR KAPTEN BOAT COLLAR

#1. NIP-UP SCREWS

During the first month

Your Collar is settling into place. As it does, the screws will loosen due to a reduction in pressure on them. So, in the early days, before each use of your boat, nip up the screws, ensuring you don't over-tighten (can strip the thread off the screw).

Think "snug" and firm (see image, this section). If the rubber dome washer underneath the stainless washer becomes splayed out and misshaped, loosen off a touch until the rubber washer regains its shape.

 

Ongoing screw maintenance

Once your Collar has settled into position, it will only need periodical checks to see if screws need nipping-up.

Note: Failure to maintain your screws may void your warranty as it can cause subsequent damage to your Collar and possibly elongate the holes in your boat. It's a short routine check-up that's worth the five minutes.

OPTIONAL: permanently fix the screws

Wait one month before attempting.
Internal screws: One at a time - remove screw and squeeze Sikaflex Marine in the hole, reinsert screw and tighten. Repeat. Leave to dry for 48 hours before using. To permanently seal External plate screws, undo each screw, and [one at a time] squeeze half a pump (with cartridge gun) of Liquid Nails into the hole, coat the head of the screw with Tef-Gel (the same that comes in your Boat Collar pack) then re-insert and tighten until you see the same snug pressure on the Collar as before (2-4mm indented into Collar at most).

What your rubber washes should look like:
Order a maintenance pack

If you require the new nylon, EPDM 13mm dome-head washers, a 30g tube of the Tef-Gel anti-corrosive cream, or even a pair of Strap Protectors to keep your Collar going stronger for longer, give us a call to arrange your order. Happy to post Australia wide.

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#2. KNOW ITS LIMITS

Collars bounce off concrete pylons without damage, but if they're covered in barnacles or oysters, use the fendering methods other boats do. Same goes for sharp rocks

Normal use of fishing hooks, gaffs, ropes and anchor chains won't damage your Collar, however anchors can penetrate under it if not levered out when pulled aboard.

Original foam Collars (currently available as O-Mini-33) are advised to take it easy through chop, because the softness prevents a fitting that's as strong as Tuff-Tec foam.

Sorry, but you'll have to stop doing this, when you have a KBC.
Sorry, but you'll have to stop doing this, when you have a KBC.

#3. SHADE OR PAINT

Tuff-tec Collars come with very good UV resistance for extended lifespan, but there are steps you can take to make your Collar last even longer. Occasionally, Collars on boats that have been stored in the sun for extended periods can start to show signs of sun fatigue: a 2-5mm dry, crunchy-type, flaky skin on the top face of the Collar.  

Options:

Paint the top of your Collar (acts like zinc cream on a kid's nose). See how, below.

Shade your boat when not in use (a shady tree, tarp, shed etc.). 

Apply silicone spray (if not painted), which may help keep it from drying out.

Should you opt not to shade or paint and someday notice the flaky skin, just sand it down a couple mms with a hand-held sander to the supple foam underneath and moisturise with silicone spray. Warning - do not use silicone spray if you want to paint your Collar within a year.

Paint your whole Collar, for aesthetics.
Paint just the top, for increased lifespan.

HOW TO PAINT YOUR KAPTEN BOAT COLLAR

Note: since Kapten Collars expand slightly when hot and shrink slightly when cold, small fissures will occur in painted coating over time. This is normal and not detrimental, but explains why it's important for the paint to be flexible.

1.

Rub the Collar down well, with a cloth and generous amounts of Prepwash to make the undercoat stick. Then set aside to dry 100%.

3.

When 100% dry, apply 2 - 3 thin coats of chosen colour in semi-gloss/gloss "Dulux Weathershield Exterior," allowing to dry each time. 2 - 4 litres needed.

Other paints that are flexible, like Tred-Grip, is also very good. Tred-Grip is a rubberised, flexible paint that provides thicker coating.

2.

Paint your cool, dry & shaded Collar with an undercoat of "Zinseer Bulls Eye 1-2-3 [Undercoat - Primer - Sealer]" (approx $75 for 3.75L).

4.

Leave to "cure" for two to seven days (high humidity hinders curing) so it won't peel when used/bumped. Complete curing takes up to one month - avoid planning & hard pressure till then.

Painting your Collar will produce it's own need for maintenance. Painting your entire Collar will incur the most maintenance as it is bound to be scuffed and worn as it's on the outermost edges of the Collar. If you just paint the top, softer layers of the Collar, you'll have less maintenance as the harder, outer layer is left to take all the bruises, and not your paint work.

NIP UP SCREWS
KNOW ITS LIMITS
SHADE OR PAINT

CALL US IF SOMETHING HAPPENS

Days or years after purchase, we're always here to answer your questions.

If you've bought a 2nd hand boat with a Collar already on it and have questions about maintenance, call us. If your boat's been in a car accident which has damaged your Collar, call us -- it's probably repairable. Nothing is too silly to ask or too much bother to explain. We want your investment to last long after your warranty has ended, because lives depend on it, and we don't take that lightly. Call (07)5441 3636.

CONTACT/VISIT

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

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