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bow tow ring
|Author||Topic: bow tow ring|
posted 05-11-2002 12:04 PM ET (US)
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
posted 05-11-2002 04:14 PM ET (US)
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
posted 05-11-2002 10:53 PM ET (US)
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 ??
posted 05-12-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-12-2002 10:41 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-12-2002 11:08 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 05-13-2002 10:20 AM ET (US)
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)
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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