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bocadrew posted 07-27-2002 11:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for bocadrew   Send Email to bocadrew  
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?
Dr T posted 07-27-2002 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Latch? Do you mean the eye where you put the hook on the winch?

Please clarify.


bocadrew posted 07-27-2002 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for bocadrew  Send Email to bocadrew     
yes i mean the eye where u put the hook on the wench...
bocadrew posted 07-27-2002 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for bocadrew  Send Email to bocadrew     
i mean winch, lol
where2 posted 07-30-2002 05:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
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.
simonmeridew posted 07-30-2002 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
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.
triblet posted 07-30-2002 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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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