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gnrgunner posted 08-28-2001 03:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for gnrgunner   Send Email to gnrgunner  
I have a 1983 13' Sport that is in very good condition with the exception of the rear ski/lifting eyes, bow eye, and bow norman pin tie-up which are all brownish green and rusted. Lookinng closely, it seems as though the 2 eyes on each side (4 total) on the transom are connected through the transom by a rod. The same went for the bow eye. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can get these things off, or at least restore them to their original color? Also, where do you think I could find ss replacement eyes and a norman pin? Are the eyes in new sports the same as in the old ones so that I could get them through Whaler?
acseatsri posted 08-28-2001 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Not sure about your year, but on my 1966, you just unscrewed the lifting ring from the threaded pin/bow eye. I used a large screwdriver, but you could also use a large adjustable wrench. Don't try to twist the part on the exterior of the boat- they have 2 "tits" which bite into the fiberglass.
Soho posted 08-28-2001 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
FWIW - I have a 67 Nauset and I just had my lifting eyes and railing stand-offs re-chromed and the results were great. They look just like new - only cost me $10 a piece as well - thought that this was a bargain. I bought a new norman pin from Twincities Marine - was pretty inexpensive.


gnrgunner posted 08-29-2001 07:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnrgunner  Send Email to gnrgunner     
What did you use to rechrome your lifting eyes, or did you have it professionally done? How did you get the norman pin off?
Soho posted 08-29-2001 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
I had the items professionally done. I confess that I used vise grips on my old norman pin, scratched it a bit and decided to buy a new one as it was only $16.... TwinCities marine was most helpful. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
gnrgunner posted 08-29-2001 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnrgunner  Send Email to gnrgunner     
Where did you take the lifting eyes, or what kind of place should I look for to have my lifting rechromed? Thanks for the info!


Soho posted 08-29-2001 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     

Well I took them to Bermuda Metal Plating down in Wellbottom Lane.... don't suppose that helps you much though. It is just a metal plating shop, they do re-chroming, silver plating etc - you would not believe what people take there. At any rate, if we have one here in Bermuda, there must be one where you live - look in the Yellow Pages under Metal/Refinishing or something similar.

Hope this helps.


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