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nooner posted 06-02-2006 04:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for nooner   Send Email to nooner  
I know it's not that big of a deal, however having my transom door hinges peel away from where they are attached bugged me. Brand new boat and something like that happens makes me wonder what else is falling apart. Any thoughts?
handn posted 06-06-2006 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
The transom door on my 305 has given no trouble. It is screwed in with sheet metal screws. On my old 23 Conquest, the vibration from the 225 Optimax would back out the screws and loosen the doors. If this is your problem, try loctite.
Royboy posted 06-07-2006 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
If you end up having to replace the screws (because they have torn out), then drill and tap for machine screws. Use 3M 5200 as a thread locker, and whatever screws you decide to use will stay put. And, yes, they come out just fine if need be later.

I don't know why top end yacht builders scrimp in this area, but I noticed a lot of iffy looking hinges and latches on transom doors among several makes, including our favorite. Seems like a high visibility, high usage, hardware like this would get better treatment, but no, they go with a crappy latch and a hinge that looks like it belongs on a toy piano. Burns me up, and it's not even my boat, dang it!


nooner posted 06-08-2006 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
thanks for the advice Roy, I share your annoyance.
jhelms posted 08-11-2006 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhelms  Send Email to jhelms     
Our 305CQ transom door has become VERY TIGHT to open and shut, is there an easy fix for this?

Also, the rubber stopper that it would bump into or lay against when open has rotted off (weird, since the boat is stored indoors and only has 200 hours on it).

Any thoughts / suggestions?


handn posted 08-12-2006 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Try tightnening the screws holding the door to the hinge and the hinge to the transom. When the screws get a little loose, it reduces the normal clearance of the door and it becomes too tight to close.
The cover came off my magnetic door stopper because the magnet rusted in the salt environment. It is now rusty and has lost a lot of its magnetic properties, but I didn't get a new one from Whaler because the problem is not with the part but rather the design. I would rather have a rustless stainless steel stopper than a rusty magnet.
While we are on 305 gripes, does anyone else have a problem with the mirror on their medicine cabinet? I am on my third mirror. The backing is coming off this one as it has on the previous two.
nooner posted 08-12-2006 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
no problems with our mirror yet...did notice a leak from the starboard wiper into the cabin yesterday.
handn posted 08-13-2006 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I had a water leak from my port wiper when the boat was new. The fix was to tighten the wiper assembaly against the gasket between the wipers and the hull. This involved taking the headliner off to get at the bolts and to make sure the leak is fixed.
My wipers don't leak, but after two years, the wipers have rusted and dribble rusty water on the hull.
The wiper assembaly should be stainless steel.
At least BW figured out how to fix the mirror.
nooner posted 08-14-2006 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
thanks handn, I'll try that.

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