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Moving the winch eye question 04 Jul 2012 21:48 #1

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Since my 'ol 2455's bow eye is way to low for today's winch stands to work properly and is showing signs of it's age, I'm thinking about re-locating it higher up on the bow if I can reach in far enough thru the rode locker to attach the backing plate and nuts. I was wondering if Marine-Tex alone will provide an acceptable plug for the existing holes once the re-location is complete. Or since I do encounter large wakes here, should I reinforce it on the back side with a layer of matting and fiberglass?

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Moving the winch eye question 04 Jul 2012 23:39 #2

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Marine Tex is tough stuff. But if you can get in to back the repair with fiberglass that would be a plus.

Would you need to remove the original bow eye ? It's nice sometimes to have options.

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Moving the winch eye question 05 Jul 2012 03:32 #3

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JimMc;700844 wrote: Would you need to remove the original bow eye ? It's nice sometimes to have options.


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The lower bow eye is better if you ever need a tow....... You can also use it for a hold-down strap for trailering. If it doesn't leak I'd leave it in and as Marine Tex is expensive I would replace it with a new SS one if it's in need.....

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Moving the winch eye question 07 Jul 2012 21:30 #4

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Ya it needs to be replaced, and has halfway pulled out. I figure since if I have to go thru the trouble of replacing it, I might as well put in a SS one. It's been waaaaay to hot lately to squirm my way up into the bow area to see exactly how much room I have to work with, but if I could mount it about 8" lower, it sure would make cranking the boat all the way to the bow stop easier.

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1988 2455 Cirea Sunbridge
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Lowrance, NavMan, and a whole lot of sweat
Every man dies, but not every man really lives
"There was never a democracy that 'did not commit suicide.'" Samuel Adams
"Tolerance and apathy are the last vurtues of a dying society" Aristotle
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