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nevada posted 10-04-2002 12:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for nevada   Send Email to nevada  
I recently purchased a 1979 montauk. There is some damage around the bow eye. Is the bolt that secures the bow eye a through hull bolt that is fastened by the onboard bow lifting eye?
jimh posted 10-04-2002 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The typical Whaler installation of the bow eye is as you have described: there is an eye bolt on the exterior of the hull at the bow which connects to an eye-nut in the bow anchor locker compartment.

The exterior eye is used with trailer winch straps; the eye nut in the locker can be used to lift the hull on a hoist or sling.

nevada posted 10-04-2002 12:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for nevada  Send Email to nevada     
Jimh, in my case ther is no eye in the anchor locker, but there is an eye on the deck forward of the locker. is this puppy a through hull bolt? thanks for the help
Tom W Clark posted 10-04-2002 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Yes, the lifting eye just forward of the bow locker is the "nut" for the through hull bow eye bolt.

On the so called 16' hulls (1961 -1976) this lifting eye is in the bow locker. On the 17' hulls (1976 to 2001) it is on the deck in front of the bow locker.

nevada posted 10-04-2002 02:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for nevada  Send Email to nevada     
Thanks Tom
Bobby posted 10-04-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bobby  Send Email to Bobby     
This post probably has answered my question. However, I need to ask to make sure. I going to install a 5' keel guard on my 1982 Montauk. Mine does have an eye bolt located forward of the bow locker. I'm going to attempt this with the boat on the trailer. My first thought is to hook the trailer to my tow vehicle and place a couple jack stands underneath the rear portion of the trailer, erect a sturdy steel beam brace above the bow of the boat and raise boat about a foot off the front of the trailer, using a come-a-long attached to the eye nut and to my cross beam. This should give me enough room for my prep and instalation. Good plan, bad plan, or any sugestions?

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