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bcgroup posted 05-11-2002 12:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for bcgroup   Send Email to bcgroup  
I have a 69/16" whaler. There is no bow ring to haul the boat onto a trailer. There seems to be no obvious place to drill in a bow ring, any thoughts on technique and replacement part ? Thanks
Clark Roberts posted 05-11-2002 04:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Suggest that you measure another 16'7" Whaler tow eye position and drill accordingly... if you can't fine a suitable tow eye then consider a stainless "U" bolt (a-la newer Whalers)... Good luck.. Clark ... Spruce Creek Navy
Hobie1981 posted 05-11-2002 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Hi: I have a '69 Nauset. I went out and measured where the bow eye is mounted on my boat. The top of the eye is 30" down from the underside of the of the bow lip. The length of the bow eye is 2 6/16". I'm guessing that 30" + 1 3/16" (31 3/16") down from the lip is where you want to drill.

I tried to remove the bow eye to get you an exact drilling location but the "nut" at the other end is not cooperating.Sigh.. The location of this is in the forward locker. FYI.

Hopefully this will give you a ballpark idea of where to be drilling.

Are you able to get a bow eye from BW ??

bcgroup posted 05-12-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for bcgroup  Send Email to bcgroup     
thanks for the effort. I will check it out soon - I do not have a bow eye from BW. I got a U bolt eye from west marine. If you you have any pics of your boat I would love to see them. I have a bare hull and am working from almost scratch. Any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Hobie1981 posted 05-12-2002 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Hi: You may want to scrounge around and find a used bow eye. Better to go with the real deal, if you know what I mean. If you want to go "new" contact Sue Lodel at Twin Cities Marine to see if BW still makes the original which would fit your boat. Phone # is 920 793-2715. She is awfully nice, very knowledgeable about the BW product and has great prices as far a dealer "stuff" is concerned. I'll post some pics of "Jersey Girl" when I'm able to borrow a digital camera next weekend. This weeks project is installing a new rub rail and bow light/chuck assy.


whalerron posted 05-12-2002 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I have never heard of an older 16'7" Whaler without a boweye. I wasn't aware that they even released them from the factory like that. If the bow eye is missing, it would also mean that your bow locker doesn't have a tie ring in it. Is this the case?

- ron

bcgroup posted 05-13-2002 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for bcgroup  Send Email to bcgroup     
The bow locker does not have a tie ring in it.On close inspection it does have a hole that was plugged at some point. There is no place on the outside of the bow however where a ring ever existed - the gell coat is in "perfect" shape. Lincoln
Tom W Clark posted 05-13-2002 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The very fact that there is a hole on the inside of the bow locker is evidence that there was a bow eye/lift ring there originally. I suspect it was patched nicely on the outside at some point and for some reason.

The 16' hulls had the bow eye at this low location which made it very hard to reach from the inside of the boat which was a drag if you were approaching a mooring buoy and did not already have the painter attached. It could be that a previous owner didn't like this fact and eliminated it and patched the hole.

Moving the bow eye location up out of the bow locker to a more convenient and accessible height was one of the huge improvements of the 17 (1977-2002) hull.

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