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    My tow eye is coming loose. Is there any alterative to cutting a hole in the top of the hull to access the nuts? If not what shop in phoenix Az could cut the fiberglass and make it look right again?

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    Better get it replaced or tightened up, Mine broke, after being loose for some time. Had to remove the Bulkhead to gain acess to the inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    My tow eye is coming loose. Is there any alterative to cutting a hole in the top of the hull to access the nuts? If not what shop in phoenix Az could cut the fiberglass and make it look right again?
    Do you have an open hull under the deck? If so find a little kid to crawl up in there to hold the wrench. Add locktite to the threads. Mine came loose and I'm not very big but I had one hell of a time stretching to reach the back side and get a ratchet on.

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    They also make a bow eye with nuts on either side (both inside and outside the boat). I'd suggest getting one of these when you go to replace it. That way the next time it gets loose, you can just tighten the nuts on the outside of the hull without having to go up under the deck and you're good to go again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    They also make a bow eye with nuts on either side (both inside and outside the boat). I'd suggest getting one of these when you go to replace it. That way the next time it gets loose, you can just tighten the nuts on the outside of the hull without having to go up under the deck and you're good to go again.

    I think I'll get a couple of those for my transom. Good for towing and for tieing down for travel.

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    When we do them here we first remove and rib or bulkhead to gain access. Then in most cases we remove the base wood and replace with form fitted 1' Mohagany or double laminated 7 ply plywood. We glass that in place and then drill new holes for the new 1/2" bow eye. In most cases we are able to hide one of the old 3/8" holes under the Stainless plate, this maybe over kill but it is the main hold to the trailer. In my opinion well worth it.
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    There is wood in front of the gas pedal blocking access. Can I cut through this and remove the bags to get to the bolts and then repair to be as good as new?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    There is wood in front of the gas pedal blocking access. Can I cut through this and remove the bags to get to the bolts and then repair to be as good as new?
    Yes you can cut a hole to gain access. But I would make a replacement panel to seal it back up after the repair is done. Or re-enforce the new opening and leave it open for storage. I will shoot a pic of one I just did so you can see if you want.
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    Good luck. I couldnt figure out an easy way to do it on my picklefork. I think you have seen mine, its the blue and orange one with orange seats. Anyways, I cut a hole on the top of the boat, replaced the eye, and put a NOS sticker over it Seriously, we cut an access hole to try, and I would have had to cut the whole bulkhead out, and removed all the bags in the front. Also the eye lined right up with a support in the middle of the boat that was in there, which also made it so you couldnt get to it.

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    I remember you. I just dont want to cut a hole in the top of my boat if I can avoid it. How about this.... What if I cut the eye in half so I have two sections and then pull downward while screwing them in? then weld.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    I remember you. I just dont want to cut a hole in the top of my boat if I can avoid it. How about this.... What if I cut the eye in half so I have two sections and then pull downward while screwing them in? then weld.
    The heat might do a lot of damage when you weld.

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    It may be a little ugly, but it was there when I bought the boat. It sure made fixing my bow eye a lot easier. There is very little room in a TX.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fleetimus View Post
    It may be a little ugly, but it was there when I bought the boat. It sure made fixing my bow eye a lot easier. There is very little room in a TX.
    If that cover is aluminum, you could anodize it to match the boat. Black? I did some aluminum nuts for a friend's Harley and they came out damn nice and shinny too. Looked like polished graphite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleetimus View Post
    It may be a little ugly, but it was there when I bought the boat. It sure made fixing my bow eye a lot easier. There is very little room in a TX.

    I have a fashionable little deck light that when removed will get me to the nuts
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