Say that three times fast... To add to my list of why it's a PITA to own a boat here's a story. Gigas has been sitting idle in the driveway because of all the storms and lack of gamefish, it's about time to do my 100 hr oil/lower unit change but I wanted to make sure the gas wasn't going bad and I also wanted to test the new hot water shower I just installed. Boats get mad when you don't use them often. I had a great day out, solo run because right now covid is really bad in so cal and I just lost two coworkers to it. Easy launch, pretty flat seas and a really cool sunrise. I checked a couple of seabass spots but the vis was terrible and I didn't see/hear anything, not even much bait or calicos even. Hit one of oaks reefs for lobsters and was shocked to see that a lot of my bug holes were filled up with sand from the last storms. I checked for two hours, vis was terrible, surge and waves were big and I only saw a couple of legals and ended up with one nice bug before hitting another reef for a goat for some ceviche.
I had problems in the am because I just installed a new winch/strap and the new strap clip is bigger than my old one and the safety chain hook barely fit. I didn't have any problems in the afternoon fitting that safety chain in because as I was winching the boat the last few inches onto the trailer I heard a pop. "Huh that's odd". I didn't think of anything until I put the safety chain and saw one side of the bow eye had broken off. You know what that means? It means if you were running rollers instead of bunks or going up steep inclines with a wet trailer there could be a chance your boat could end up on the road if you didn't have other safety ties on it.
I still had the rear ties holding the back on, and figured the 2000 or so lbs would keep the boat on the carpeted bunks but to be on the safe side I drove in the slow lane and avoided the bridges where the incline is steep. In fact I avoided ALL the areas that have any incline on the way home and man was I paranoid, I watched that boat every few seconds. I made it home no problem and the boat didn't move an inch thank goodness although the bow eye seemed to bend a bit more.
I removed the two bolts holding it in (one was broken of course) and removed the eye and carefully measured everything with my calipers. It took me a while to find the exact size I needed, you need to know the gap between the bolts, the thread size, and diameter of the bolts. Amazon should be delivering the new one shortly.
I researched a bit on installing it, if the area where yours breaks off is rotten, you need to file out all the crap in there while inspecting it to make sure any water did not damage that area. If the wood/foam/glass is bad it's best to remove it, then cut out an area and install a piece of metal plate into the area, reglass it and then redrill the spot for your new bow eye. In my case the area was fairly clean, I'm drying it out (the santa ana winds in my area is helping) and I am going to remove any dirt etc and seal the inside with some west systems resin just in case. When I install the new bow eye I will also use 5200 to seal the washer plates and bolts to keep a water tight connection and clean up the excess with acetone. I did that when I installed the extra boat cleats on the boat.
I'm attaching pix of the broken bow eye, the new one cost a whopping 12$. Easy fix, I'll sleep better before my next trip.
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