I recently bought an '87 Oday 35. You may find this weird, but I have actually enjoyed working on many of the little projects that buying an older boat entails.
SD came by yesterday and helped address some of the electrical opportunities... (Just don't count the electrical splices that we had to toss
- and don't ask
One project that is really vexing, however, is the removal of the port forward chainplate. Long story short, I would love to locate a supplier for replacement stainless steel U bolts. If I can cut this U bolt, I believe that I will save myself a series of ongoing headaches...
Here is a picture of the specific U bolt that is providing the motivation:
(That's my ratty shoe too...)
Whoever designed this system really out did themselves. The U bolt that you see above is set through the deck to an aluminum block (I really can't call it a backer plate - it's about an inch thick). This block has recesses that the nuts that secure the U bolt go into. The block, in turn, has a short length of rod that runs to a reinforced raised section of the floorpan, and is secured with another nut and washer. The rod, raised section of floorpan, and adjustment nut are all located BEHIND
the liner which comprises the head
The problem is that this particular chainplate (forward port) was only secured for who knows how long with one nut
! Because it sat for many years like this, the backing block does not sit flush with the deck, and fused to the U bolt. Because the nuts are recessed, I cannot simply install a new nut and tighten it up, for fear that I will loose my grip on the nut with a deep set socket.
SD has access to a machine shop, and is going to try to fashion a tool to allow me to tighten the loose side up. The hope is that by tightening up the loose side, and re-squaring the backer block with relation to the deck, that the bond between the U bolt and the block will break. Then the plan is to rebed and properly re-install the U bolt.
Adding to the fun is that the access is in the locker in the head. The aluminum backing plate is accessed through a hole cut into the headliner that is right behind where the over the sink locker doors meet - or used to, I had to remove them to gain access. Access to the rod which goes into the pan is impossible without cutting an access hole in the fiberglass right next to the sink in this picture:
I can see the original access hole, but cannot see the fastener through the open locker. I have been able to feel it though, so I know it's there.
Does anyone out there have any other ideas - or a source for the chainplate for an O'day 34/35???