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trailer latch coming loose
|Author||Topic: trailer latch coming loose|
posted 07-27-2002 11:27 PM ET (US)
just purchased an 86 Montauk and i noticed the latch on the boat that the trailer connects to has seperated some from the boat (although it is still firm) and am concerned that water will enter the hull..any thoughts?
posted 07-27-2002 11:31 PM ET (US)
Latch? Do you mean the eye where you put the hook on the winch?
posted 07-27-2002 11:32 PM ET (US)
yes i mean the eye where u put the hook on the wench...
posted 07-27-2002 11:33 PM ET (US)
i mean winch, lol
posted 07-30-2002 05:38 PM ET (US)
Bocadrew, the eye is tightened by turning the eye on the interior of the hull opposite the exterior eye. They are connected with a threaded rod. I would suggest adding some slack, squeezing in a little caulking around both the inside and outside eyes, and then tightening the inside eyelet. The outside eyelet has a pair of points that jam into the fiberglass to keep it from turning usually. However, like you, mine has come loose before and required a little caulk and a little tightening.
posted 07-30-2002 07:59 PM ET (US)
When you loosen the inner eye you may find that the threaded rod, which is well attached or part of the outer "eye" is loose inside the wood. When I re-did mine this Spring I removed the outer eye/rod completely, placed a liberal amount of thickened West System Epoxy in the hole and on the rod as I fed it back inside the hole. The outer eye has a "t*t cast into it which is supposed to keep it from turning when the inner nut(ring) is tightened. As I recall the two (or three) pieces (outer ring and rod, and inner ring) are chrome plated bronze or perhaps stainless steel. I had my wife hold the outer ring with a pipe through the hole to keep it from turning, and I turned the inner ring with another pipe till it was snug. I felt the epoxy kept water from coming in around the ring.
posted 07-30-2002 11:54 PM ET (US)
I did something similar to simon, but I used
101 instead of epoxy. I'd be worried about
ever getting the rod back out again with
epoxy or 5500.
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