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post #11 of 16 Old 09-12-2009
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Those of us with tiller-steered C37's dont have any problem with engine or stuffing box problems as our cockpit sole is completely removable.The bolts did initially give me some problems as I am older and probably heavier than most of you young kids.I cut two 6" holes in the sole and installed removable inspection plates thru which I can insert my arm with a rachet wrench to remove the nuts and washers holding the sole.One of the inspection plates has a clear plastic insert allowing light into the engine compartment with the sole in place,an extra nice feature.
Good luck, Dianne and Chuck Burke S/V NiftyNickers C37 #139
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-13-2009
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With a tiller steered boat being able to remove the whole cockpit floor makes working on the engine almost pleasant, certainly less painful. About the 8 bolts: I bought the 3/8-16 knurled bronze thumb nuts from PSC and mounted 8 bronze bolts upside down with a nut each side of the mounting flange. I relieved the underside of the cockpit floor so the nuts wouldn't keep the floor from sitting flush. I put a large rubber washer and bronze washer under each thumb nut when securing the floor. There is also a rubber gasket between the floor and the flange to keep water out of the engine compartment.

For those with wheels I have seen modified cockpit floors on older C37's that have just the forward half removeable. You would use just 4 of the thumb nuts in this case. I thought the factory started doing this as standard a while ago. I think this plus the quarter berth access door would give good access on wheel steered boats.

We converted from wheel to tiller for a variety of reasons about 10 years ago. Ease of access to the engine, transmission, shaft and steering stuffing boxes was certainly a big factor.

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I do have a tiller - these both seem to be really good approaches!

Lemme get Jnewcomer's approach right - you fastened the bolts to the flange sandwiched between 2 nuts, and they go through holes in the cover.

The knurled bronze thumb nuts - are these recessed into the hatch? Seems they would hurt feet if they protruded above the sole. Or do I have this wrong?

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post #14 of 16 Old 09-14-2009
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Hi gang, i'm also over 55 yrears and pushing 2oo lbs BUT Lively lady has a tiller and no problem behind engine via the cockpit opening. simple, airy and loads of room despite the water heater to starboard.
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Side hatch follow up

I finally got around to installing a hatch in the side of the quarter berth for access to the engine compartment.
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Engine Access

Hi All,
Just my two cents -Years ago I decided that I am too fat-tall-old to do the locker hatch access thing.I installed a Beckson access port in the cockpit sole that allows me to reach the nuts on the bolts holding the sole down.Granted my boat is tiller steered allowing the entire sole to be removed and with it out I have fantastic access to the engine,trans,shaft,exhaust etc.Actually I installed two ports one for the 4 front bolts and one for the rear 4 bolts.With clear plastic inserts they provide a lot of light to the engine space.

Dianne and Chuck Burke S/V NiftyNickers C37 #139
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