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browning20ga posted 02-10-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for browning20ga   Send Email to browning20ga  
1974 13' Whaler...
I've started refinishing my transom, prior to my repower. There are screws that I don't know if they are neccessary or not. There are 4 inside and 4 outside on one side of the transom and 3 inside and 3 outside on the other side. They are located near the U-bolts in the upper corners of the transom. They are only about 1/2" long and about #8 in size. There a bunch of other screws that I assume held the light fixture that was originaly mounted on the boat (which were all removed by a previous owner, Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks, Darrell
Tom W Clark posted 02-10-2002 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Sounds like someone put those #8 screws in the holes that used to have the through bolts for the steering pulleys. The pad eyes that held the pulleys were held on with machine screws that went all the way through the transom with the heads on the outside and a finish washer, hex nut on the inside on top of the pad eye.

If you don't like the screws just take them out and patch the holes.

whalerron posted 02-11-2002 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Tom is right. They are definitely the mounting holes for the pulley steering system.
browning20ga posted 02-11-2002 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
Thanks guys, I didn't even think of that. DAH!!!
dscew posted 02-11-2002 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
When I bought my Katama in 2000, I noticed these screws too, and I never could fugure out what they were. Now I know; ditto the DUH!

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