How do I Tighten the Strut Bolts?
Can anyone add answers to Bob's question?
Subj: [C34] Strut Mounting Question
I asked this question a while back but had no responses, so I
thought I'd ask again since I'm now planning spring fitting out
projects. My prop strut is very slightly loose and I'm wondering
about how it's mounted. I have #52, built in Oct. '85 and in looking
into the hull, aft of the shaft log, and about where it's mounted
all I see is a mound of fiberglass around where I think the bolts
should, be assuming it's through-bolted. Last Sept, I had the chance
to look at a slip-mates 34 (an '88 Model) and on his boat, the
mounting bolts/nuts are visible such that it appears they could be
tightened up should he need to do so (he even has them bonded).
My question is: what are the chances my mounting is the same as, his
but simply covered over at the factory with fiberglass, and if I
were to remove the fiberglass 'mound', would I find bolts/nuts that
I could then tighten up? Stated differently, are the bolts/nuts
holding the strut visible from within the hull on your boat?
Bob Mack, Upon A Star #52, Bob.Mack@Compaq.com
Subj: Re: [C34] Strut Mounting Question
I had to change a bent strut..its a lot of work but retightning one
shouldn't be as bad. You have to cut and grind away the fiberglass
covering the bolts and nuts, you probably know that its not that
easy to get to. There are 4 nuts with large washers under there and
hopefully you have had some compression or erosion of the fiberglass
from vibration and not a broken bolt...unlike mine, it won't get
better with time. In any case you will have to dig into it. The bolt
heads are seated in the strut so you won't have to worry about them
turning as you tighten the nut. I would think that there might be
some type of sealer that you could put under the washers to help
keep water from seeping up around the threads and into the area that
you will have to reseal...we both need some advice in that area
because I'm still pondering that area.
RonDeVou # 315, RK15460@aol.com
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