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detra posted 03-03-2004 07:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for detra  
Hi. I have 1970 Nauset and would like to replace the bow eye. The original bow eye is too small to accept safety chain on the current trailer. What is the procedure, does it just unscrew with a big wrench? Is Boston Whaler the best source for a replacement? Thanks--detra
Al_A_Buy posted 03-03-2004 08:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
Detra - Rather than replace the bow eye, get a 5/16th or 3/8ths stainless carabinier (sp?) or a removable chain link (looks like a link of chain with a threaded section). Both are available at hardware stores for under five bucks. Clip one of these to the bow eye and you will have plenty of room to attach both the winch and safety chain.


AC posted 03-03-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for AC  Send Email to AC     
I would certainly have to agree w/ Al. Seems like replacing the open link on the safety chain would be the lesser of two evils! There are so many snap hooks, carabiners, etc. to choose from out there, especially in Sailboat Hardware.
dlmenius posted 03-04-2004 12:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for dlmenius  Send Email to dlmenius     
Retrofit the chain, not the Whaler. No matter how horrible the the new parts look, they'll be dangling off of the trailer at the ramp and not the boat on the water.
detra posted 03-05-2004 07:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for detra    
Thanks for the replies. It hadn't occured to me to add a link on the boat side. I'm currently hooking the safety chain through the eye of the trailer hook. Thanks again.
cubanwhaler posted 09-30-2007 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for cubanwhaler  Send Email to cubanwhaler     
Thanks for answering my question in 2007 !!

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