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Old 03-24-2013, 12:05 PM
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Bow hook issue

Hey guys, last night when I was working on the boat (83 Stars and Stripes) I noticed that the bow hook was a little loose. When I crawled up into the bow I was a little worrie by what I saw. The backing plate for the bow hook was bent and had actually started cutting into the fiberglass. So I straighted the bent backing plate, and I added a longer piece steel to help disperse the pressure. Anyone else think this will work? I didn't want to have to start fiberglassing at the moment, it was enough of a hassle just to crawl into the bow.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:12 PM
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This is with the plate out.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:20 PM
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Sorry, I can only post one pic a time off my phone. This pic is with the original plate straightened back out. The other piece of steel was made into an additional backing plate.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:25 PM
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Last pic. I drilled 2 holes through the bigger piece of steel. I might need a different bow hook with more threads on it, but this is my idea of how to fix this issue right now. Comments? Suggestions?
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:27 PM
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What about adding a plate right under the bow hook also?

You could also move the new steel plate up a little, and weld a long threaded nut to it, so it accepts the bow hook bolt.

Your plan should work fine as long as you aren't lifting the boat for extended periods of time from the bow.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:54 PM
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I did keep the original plate under the larger plate, it sort of acts like a shim for the larger plate. I really wonder what could have caused this. I have been using a high pole for the past 7 years or so. Or maybe the from 30 years of trailering?
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I did keep the original plate under the larger plate, it sort of acts like a shim for the larger plate. I really wonder what could have caused this. I have been using a high pole for the past 7 years or so. Or maybe the from 30 years of trailering?
Are your bunks appropriately aligned? The tension on the bow loop should be pretty minimal once the boat is on the trailer. Just enough to keep the boat in place. My trailer has a metal strap that hinges up and has a slot for the bow loop. Then the bow strap really doesn't need any tension, just snug to activate ratchet on the winch. If your boat is not sitting flat on the bunks or the bunks are not straight, your boat might be rocking and putting abnormal pressure on the bow loop.
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The bunks are good. I think might have been caused from over tightening the bow strap. (sometimes i notice how tight my friends will crank the bow down when helping me pull the boat out of water) But then again, could it be from the high pole? I absolutely understand this boat is not really made for wakeboarding, i just never really thought a high pole could do this...
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The bunks are good. I think might have been caused from over tightening the bow strap. (sometimes i notice how tight my friends will crank the bow down when helping me pull the boat out of water) But then again, could it be from the high pole? I absolutely understand this boat is not really made for wakeboarding, i just never really thought a high pole could do this...
You're using the webbing strap through the bow loop and not hooked to the lifting ring? It doesn't seem like there would be much pressure on the bow loop from that. Probably just over aggressive winching. Try backing trailer deeper into water so the boat floats onto the trailer more easily.
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You're using the webbing strap through the bow loop and not hooked to the lifting ring? It doesn't seem like there would be much pressure on the bow loop from that. Probably just over aggressive winching. Try backing trailer deeper into water so the boat floats onto the trailer more easily.
Yes the high pole strap is looped though the bow hook. The lift ring does nothing but look pretty.
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