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ChrisK posted 04-19-2001 02:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for ChrisK   Send Email to ChrisK  
I noticed that my bow ring (the one that you attach a strap to and winch your boat up) became loose on my boat between last trip and Friday. Any ideas on why? Is there a "too tight" when it comes to wiching my boat up on the trailer? Also, is there a chance that water could get in the hull there or does Whaler compensate for this possibility by waterproofing that area really well? What type of marine sealant is right for that job? I've seen discussions on 3M 5200 and other products. What are your opinions?
jimh posted 04-21-2001 04:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Perhaps years of trailering and boating created enough vibration to loosen the retaining nuts on the bow pad eye.

Many people release some or all of the tension in the bow strap when the boat is going to be sitting on the trailer for a long period of time. Of course, be sure to snug the winch up before trailering.

I would speculate that in the initial installation the threaded rods of the pad eye were installed with bedding compound of some type, but I don't think that area is reworked with additional gelcoating. I would think they just drill two holes through the hull, apply bedding and install the pad eye. But that is just my guess. In a production situation I don't think they would take the time to drill enlarged holes, fill them with resin, wait for it to cure, then re-drill the holes. That would add another day to the building of each boat!

If you use 3M-5200 adhesive you will be making a permanent installation. Perhaps something more removeable, like 3M-101 sealant or 3M-4200 would be advisable if you think the pad eye might ever need to be removed. Of course, it might, as it could be damaged or broken, so you probably don't want the entire front of the boat bonded to it with very hard to remove adhesive. The through-bolting provides enough strength, I would think, for it to function.

Best advice: call Whaler and ask Chuck Bennett what he thinks. Let us know what Chuck says.


CarlRobert posted 04-21-2001 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    
Chris K,

You don't mention which model you have, but on my '62 13 Sport, the bow eye (for the winch strap) is through bolted with the retainer "nut" being the mooring/anchor ring on the inside of the bow just fore of the bow locker. My bow eye loosened and all I did was tighten the mooring/anchor ring.....Hope this helps, Carl R

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