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post #15 of Old 07-26-2012
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Re: Bow Eye?

Originally Posted by JeffTT View Post
Ok. So im going to use life caulk for the bow eye. A friend at work suggested that I also put a block of marine plywood behind the u bolt and glass the whole thing. Is this necessary, has anyone heard of the u bolt pulling out or cracking a fiberglass hull? It just seems like overkill to me, but then I am new and don't have alot of experience working with boats.
I would suggest that you use some sort of backing. Marine grade plywood will work, but you may have a difficult time as the inside of the hull at the bow will form a V. Tough to get plywood to be flush with the V. When I replaced my bow eye on a previous boat (because it broke), I used stainless straps and bent them to the shape of the V (Stainless straps are like a band of metal with holes every half inch or so). Then I glassed over it with fiberglass cloth. It was ugly, but strong as hell.

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