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Fasteners holding down the cockpit sole

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One of the things I want to do in my tiller steered 37 is to make it so that I can get the cockpit sole up easily to access the engine. I know later boats have a two part floor - can someone tell me how is the removable section held down, please? Screws, catches?

I don't want to put something in that will hurt feet,etc. my bad back is making going through the lazarette too hard.

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The floor has a flange that the lid sits on. On each corner there is a bolt bedded in the floor the lid drops down over. See pictures below for examples.





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Re: Fasteners holding down the cockpit sole

Looks perfect, thanks. The large size of the nuts should stop hurnint feet, which was what I didn't understand..
If I can't find these or similar locally I'll ask PSC.

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Re: Fasteners holding down the cockpit sole

John,
What hull no. is your boat and is the floor one piece or two? On older 37's with factory tillers and one piece cockpit soles there are eight coach bolts with nuts and washers under the flange accessible by climbing thru the lazarette a real PIA for anyone larger than a child or small woman.Newer boats are equipped with the knurled knobs shown in the picture.
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Re: Fasteners holding down the cockpit sole

Hi,
I can't remember the hull number but she is a 1981, with the one piece floor and coach bolts.


Another solution might be those flat stainless hatch latches with the flip-up handles you twist, but I think I'd need about $800 worth of them!



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Re: Fasteners holding down the cockpit sole

Yes, my 25PSC that I owned in my 20s, had about 30 or so bolts that held a large hatch. PITA to get off but the access was great! Full complete engine access and I could sit on my tranny to work on the stuffing box .
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My husband cut starboard into which he installed T-nuts and mounted below the lower lip aligning the T-nuts with the existing holes, which he enlarged. 5/16" oval head screws with a finish washer under which he placed a rubber gasket, now fasten from above. He seems much happier and there is less cussing from the cockpit during the floor raising process. Raising the floor is now a simple 10 min job!

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Re: Fasteners holding down the cockpit sole

My cockpit sole is the same as yours and after several years of wiggling thru the lazarette I installed two 6" Beckson access ports in the sole thru which I can insert my arm with a socket wrench to access the nuts below.The ports are each placed in the middle of a quartet of bolts and the forward port has a clear insert so that daylight shines on the engine (an added bonus).This also provides two handholds for handling the awkward sole.Another added bonus is the ability to see the rear of the engine and trans without lifting the sole.
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Handholds would be darn nice!
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Re: Fasteners holding down the cockpit sole

Great, thanks for the ideas, everyone.


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