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gnrgunner posted 08-28-2001 03:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for gnrgunner   Send Email to gnrgunner  
I have a 1983 13' Sport that is in very good condition with the exception of the rear ski/lifting eyes, bow eye, and bow norman pin tie-up which are all brownish green and rusted. Lookinng closely, it seems as though the 2 eyes on each side (4 total) on the transom are connected through the transom by a rod. The same went for the bow eye. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can get these things off, or at least restore them to their original color? Also, where do you think I could find ss replacement eyes and a norman pin? Are the eyes in new sports the same as in the old ones so that I could get them through Whaler?
acseatsri posted 08-28-2001 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Not sure about your year, but on my 1966, you just unscrewed the lifting ring from the threaded pin/bow eye. I used a large screwdriver, but you could also use a large adjustable wrench. Don't try to twist the part on the exterior of the boat- they have 2 "tits" which bite into the fiberglass.
Soho posted 08-28-2001 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
FWIW - I have a 67 Nauset and I just had my lifting eyes and railing stand-offs re-chromed and the results were great. They look just like new - only cost me $10 a piece as well - thought that this was a bargain. I bought a new norman pin from Twincities Marine - was pretty inexpensive.

Ron

gnrgunner posted 08-29-2001 07:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnrgunner  Send Email to gnrgunner     
Ron-
What did you use to rechrome your lifting eyes, or did you have it professionally done? How did you get the norman pin off?
Soho posted 08-29-2001 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
I had the items professionally done. I confess that I used vise grips on my old norman pin, scratched it a bit and decided to buy a new one as it was only $16.... TwinCities marine was most helpful. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
gnrgunner posted 08-29-2001 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnrgunner  Send Email to gnrgunner     
Ron-
Where did you take the lifting eyes, or what kind of place should I look for to have my lifting rechromed? Thanks for the info!

Brad

Soho posted 08-29-2001 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
Brad,

Well I took them to Bermuda Metal Plating down in Wellbottom Lane.... don't suppose that helps you much though. It is just a metal plating shop, they do re-chroming, silver plating etc - you would not believe what people take there. At any rate, if we have one here in Bermuda, there must be one where you live - look in the Yellow Pages under Metal/Refinishing or something similar.

Hope this helps.

Ron

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