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Raptor Nails

A good friend of mine and fellow boatbuilder suggested I look into Raptor Nails for use in boats. These things are incredible. They're composite so can't rust, weather or weaken due to environmental conditions - plus they can be cut with a saw, plan, sandpaper or rasp without damaging the tool's edge. You can pick up a pneumatic gun and shoot them in-place to fasten bonded joints. There's some buzz in the boat building community and those who tried them love them. In your next boat you might think about investing in these new fasteners. They sound like a boat builder's dream. I know in my next project, I'm planning to use them.

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