My 1990 Capri 2050 has a mooring cleat where most boats have the ski rope hook, the spacing of the anchors is 2"oc, and they run through the reinforced upper portion of the stern with no backer plate. Has anyone replaced the cleat with a rope hook? Do I need additional reinforcement? Is it recommended? This 24 year old Bowrider looks like it just came off the showroom floor, so hull integrity isn't an issue. Any thoughts?
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AFAIK a few have made the change as the cleat isn't up to snuff for towing. It is a good idea to add a larger reinforcing plate as the forces on a tow hook are a lot higher than on a cleat if just used to tie up the boat to a dock. That's especially true it you also want to tow inflatables.
Thanks for the response! I figured I could swap out the hook, and your advice to add a plate is well taken. I do intend to pull tubes, and guess I hadn't thought about how much more drag they produce than a skier.
Yes, tubes can drag a lot especially when they "dive in". Make sure you put either some 3M 5200 or Sikaflex 292 on the plate surface before you put it in. Even better would be some Epoxy putty. That makes sure that there's no air gap which would allow the plate to still flex a tiny bit.
I added a 2"x 6"-1/4" stainless steel backer plate and it snugged up tight. The mooring cleat was just through bolted with washers that had a pretty good cup, so that was good advice. I'll recheck the fasteners after a few pulls, but it seems very rigid.
Any of you know where I can find parts for the Bimini top? I have the bows and all of the canvas including side panels in really good shape, but I'm missing the lower poles that attach to the deck.
You probably have a convertible top that attaches to the top of the windshield, no standing room under it. It wasn't until the mid 90s that bikinis were offered. Bikinis don't normally have side panel.
The bows go all the way to the fittings on the deck