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Old 10-04-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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so the stern, center ski rope eyelet is a little loose on my 1800sr3...of course it has that trunk compartment so you can't get to any bolts to tighten....what's my options here? cut a hole in the trunk compartment to get to it???
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welcome to the zoo...hopefully one of our members that has that model can answer your question...


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yeah me too...thanks!
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I am surprised you can get to from the forward anchor locker. Have you try to get a hold of a dealer (ex maxum dealer)? Do the bow cushions slide out to give you access?

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roger..this is in the stern...back where the engines are...you know....back where you pour your beer into the glass and smoke them CEEEGARS????...

not the pointy end of the boat!!



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I have yet to see a nut that cannot be reached. Now that is not to be confused with EASY to reach. In some cases, you may be required to remove something in order to access it. For example, in order to access the bolts for my midship cleat, I need to remove the entire medicine cabinet in the head. The same may be the case for you towing eye.

Can you reach underneath and up the back of the 'trunk compartment' from the engine compartment? Is there an insert in the trunk compartment that can be removed by unscrewing screws? A few pictures might help out as well, since it's tough to picture what you're dealing with. I'd hate to wait for an owner of a similar model to chime in, particularly of those owners have never had to access this particular item.

A few pics and I'll bet we can get a quorum.
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I have yet to see a nut that cannot be reached.
I usually subscribe to this notion but not this time. It certainly appears that the rear of the tow eye on my 2400 SC3 cannot be accessed without making an access hole in the stern ski/lines/poles/generator/cooler/whinny kid locker.
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Sorry about that....... wrong end....DS!

Yeah what shrew said............it might be a long reach..........
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I usually subscribe to this notion but not this time. It certainly appears that the rear of the tow eye on my 2400 SC3 cannot be accessed without making an access hole in the stern ski/lines/poles/generator/cooler/whinny kid locker.
Yup thats what I thought...Damn! you have the same cubby back there I do except bigger...
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Here is an idea. Cut a hole to access it, then use one of these to seal it up again:

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?...48504&id=47488
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Here is an idea. Cut a hole to access it, then use one of these to seal it up again:

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?...48504&id=47488
Yeah that would work but I would probably only need to cut a 2" hole at the most and they don't seem to go that small...
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update....yeah....had to cut a hole. I just used a dremmel and cut a square hole in the cubby...this IS the only way to tighten the bolts if they come loose..
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Awesome, thanks for the update. Sorry you had to cut a hole. Hopefully it's inconspicuous and easily closed back up again. It's ridiculous that there is no access. They are made adn bolted with StainLESS steel, Not StainFREE steel. stainless steel will still rust eventually. Nice work.
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OK, just saw your issue, we got same problem on '97 2300. How did you get this resolved? Sure hate to cut a hole in it if I can avoid it. I think they put this on before the boat was assembled. If we don't fix it the ring will soon be in the lake with the skiers!
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welcome to the zoo...if you have the 2300scr...you should be able to reach the bolts in the engine bay easily......

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How did you get this resolved? Sure hate to cut a hole in it if I can avoid it.
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update....yeah....had to cut a hole. I just used a dremmel and cut a square hole in the cubby...this IS the only way to tighten the bolts if they come loose..
In the case of the OP he was dealing with an 1800 MX. The 2300 should be much larger and I would expect you would find it along the transom inside the engine compartment.
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I just had to do this procedure exactly last week on my 2200 SR3. I couldn't find a way to access the nuts to tighten them. It seems like they were installed before the upper and lower hull where bonded together. It's too bad they didn't use lock washers.
Anyway, I used a 1.25" hole saw and cut one hole per mount stud on the inside of the shower/locker. I taped a socket to an extension (didn't want to loose more in the abyss). The nuts are 3/8 course thread. I was missing one and the other was loose. I took the whole unit off, then reinstalled with nylon lock stainless nuts. I sealed the holes back up with the disks that where cut out and some five minute epoxy. I used large tape to hold the disks, then taped the epoxy laden disks into the holes flush.
When I get home from this business trip that I'm on, I'm going to repair it more cosmetically.
I may decide to do it all over again because I realized I should have sealed it up with silicone before reinstalling....something they also didn't do from the factory.
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Sorry didn't see this earlier....I have a 1800 sr3 and I had to cut a hole in the storage locker...there was no other way to get to the bolts...maybe you'll have more room in your bigger boat but I had no way to get to mine other than cutting...
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