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Navesinkwhaler posted 11-09-2003 07:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for Navesinkwhaler   Send Email to Navesinkwhaler  
I,m new to the site so not sure if this subject has been addresed. While winterizing my 02 17'montauk this weekend I noticed the screws that hold the hinges to the hatch cover were loose. I tried to tighten but they would not. It appears that there was a sleave that would accept the screws? Does anyone have any knowledge on this subject?
whalerajm posted 11-10-2003 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerajm  Send Email to whalerajm     
Navesinkwhaler,

My Montauk is almost 30 years older than yours, so I am not familiar with the "sleave" you refer to in your post. Assuming their isn't a receiver thread embedded in the fiberglass, your best bet is to fill hole (epoxy), redrill and resink screws.

Another option would be to hang out at Barnacle Bil's for a few hours. Grab some tooth picks from the bar when you leave. Put 2-3 toothpicks (broken off to depth of hole) in each stripped out hole and resink the screws...works like a charm and beats screwing around with epoxy.

whalersman posted 11-10-2003 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
Navesinkwhaler,

I am not exactly sure about your model but many of the new Bow Lockers have "Barrel Nuts" underneat the hatch... These Barrel Nuts have a screw head, so use a screwdriver on the top of the screw and also on the bottom Barrel Nut.... This should tighten the screw....

Let us know what you find out....

triblet posted 11-10-2003 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
If it's not the barrel nuts, it's the dealer's problem on
an '02.

The one's on my '97ish Montauk come loose every 50 hours
or so. They have barrel nuts and tighten right back up.


Chuck

BTW, ever price those SS barrel nuts? $4.49 each. I used
some in a project a while back.

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