Just seeking opinions from some of the experts on this: On my good boat which I've sailed for one full summer now I have the old style castings. The latch/cam has been cleaned and lubed, I did a little filing to smooth a few rough edges and backed off the tension screw a bit, and they've been working fine. However, last fall I purchased a well used '85 that had the newer castings (a retro fit) which are in very good shape. That boat is seaworthy, but I only plan to keep it for spares.
So the question is, do I install the newer castings or stick with the old ones? I know that many here argue for the upgrade, which I'm happy to do, but I'm also a believer that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I keep waffling so I'm seeking some guidance.
A few other details: Living in Michigan, I only sail in freshwater, and almost exclusively on a lake with a sandy bottom and no shallow spots. I also have a freshly repaired set of EPOs that I'd prefer to only drill once - If the hole pattern were the same I'd probably just try both systems out to see which I preferred.
By the way - is EPO pronounced "E. P. O." or "ee - po"?