I would not bother pulling gudgeons etc...see how bad/if it leaks 1st!
We will be up at Cultus saturday with one...maybe 2 (if my tramp shows up) 16's and maybe a 14.
That's what I'm thinking, I'll cross that bridge if necessary, otherwise, the two piece stainless design should be more than sufficient.
Doesn't look like we'll make it up tomorrow, we have to be at a wedding at 3, and Sunday looks like the weather may be deteriorating too much (afternoon t-storms), we'll see though.
rattle 'n hum wrote:
Just to be clear on my recommendation.....
Obviously it's not urgent if there's no significant leakage....15 minute project for off-season (if screws aren't stuck). However, the boat is old and has sat up for a long time, so, if not already happening 1) it will eventually leak in these areas requiring gudgeon removal, and 2) the SS gudgeon screws will eventually fuse to the aluminum plate inside. Thus, I'm recommending that this be done sooner rather than later.
Skicrave: My advice is for you to continue to focus on what it takes to get you on the water safely, and save the other improvements for later, if ever. Following that logic, I wouldn't worry about retrofitting one-piece gudgeons. You don't have to look far down the forum for threads regarding what a PITA they are for marginal, if any, improvement.
Thanks for the input. I understand what you're saying, and assuming it isn't necessary to fix sooner, I'll address that as part of my major overhaul this fall when we're not using the boat.
Based on the threads I've read, it sounds like it may make sense to employ my companies 6-axis mill and just draw/fab up my own replacement one piece that will use the same mounting holes.
Ya only reason I was saying to wait on pulling those is to avoid possible stripped/broken screws.
I am scared to touch em on my 1980.
I hear you on that! Hopefully neither one of us has to deal with it, but if so, I'll keep you posted.
Great job Ski !!!!
You are a good son, thus a good Dad yourself. Your son will have the same good heart that you have because you are following your Dad`s and Mom`s good teachings. It`s very commendable that you save/keep that Awesome boat in the Family, I`m sure your Dad/Mother feel very good about that.
Thank you for the kind words. Fortunately I was raised with good role models to look up to; my parents did a great job of loving me (tough love when necessary), which is really the most important thing. I'm excited to get out on the water with my dad and son, it will be a special moment to have three generations on the boat.
Like it has been said, replace ALL the wires, pins, and hardware !!! Also seal every gap ( 3M`s 5200 works wonderful )
I'm working through the last bits (shroud adjusters), and then essentially everything that isn't riveted in place will be new (I'll deal with that hardware this winter).
HAVE FUN !!!!!
That will be the easy part!
I should just mention, my dad is very particular, and replaced most of the rigging every couple of years depending on use. Cosmetically the boat looks rough, and he never really cared about the appearance (hence the Marine-Tex patches on the hulls), but he left me a great foundation to work from, and it's been fun to go through the specifics with him.