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NAUSET: Replacing Bow Eye
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posted 03-03-2004 07:51 AM ET (US)
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
posted 03-03-2004 08:05 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-03-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-04-2004 12:11 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-05-2004 07:17 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 09-30-2007 04:39 PM ET (US)
Thanks for answering my question in 2007 !!
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