How to Reset the Sunfish Bow Eye


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Use the new bow eye to be sure you drill the new holes in the right place! My replacement bow eye had it's holes in a slightly different pattern and the old hole locations would not work.


Clean the bow eye well! Sand the excess Marine-Tex off the deck. You want the bottom of the bow eye to actually be glued to the deck! Fill the holes with 3M 5200 Fast Dry Marine Adhesive. You can use the slow cure, but it requires 5 to 7 days to cure. I don't like the caulking tube size, this stuff is THICK and hard to get out of the tube so you need a good caulking gun. Spread a coating around the holes for the bow eye to bed in, not only glueing it to the deck but also sealing out the water.
Place the bow eye over the holes and screw all 4 screws in part way before you tighten any.
Tighten the screws, but not too tight.
Wipe off the excess 3M 5200 Fast Dry with some paper towels. Leave it alone for a few days for the 5200 to cure and you'll be able to lift the boat with the bow eye again!
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Marine-Tex
Made from epoxy resins and reinforced with high strength fillers, then further processed with a series of other plastic materials. Bonds to metal, plastics, hard and soft wood, plywood, etc. Hardens to tensile strength of 10,000 lbs. per sq. inch. Non-magnetic, non-rusting, and non-corrosive. Kits contains catalyst and instructions. - Type: WHITE * Size: 2 oz * Color: White
See other sizes and colors of Marine-Tex, it comes in larger sizes and also in gray.






3M 5200 Fast Dry
High-performance polyurethane adhesive/sealant becomes tack-free in 48 hours, completely cures in 5-7 days w/no shrinkage. Retains its strength above or below the waterline. Flexible; allows for structural movement. Stress caused by shock, vibration, swelling or shrinking is effectively absorbed. Excellent resistance to weathering and saltwater. Bonds and seals fiberglass deck to fiberglass hull, wood to fiberglass, portholes and deck fittings, motors on fiberglass transoms, under moldings, hull seams above and below waterline, center board trunk joints, between struts and planking, stern joints, deck housing, etc. Easy to apply with manual caulking gun. Remains workable up to 4 hours after application. Won't sag or flow in vertical or horizontal seams. - Type: TUBES * Color: White * Size: 3 oz
There are many other sizes and colors of 3M 5200 Marine Adhesive/Sealants and also other 3M fiberglass and boat care products.