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Old 05-26-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Default Who has heavy duty Bow eyes?

Something for 8-10k lbs , all I see is 2/3k lb eyes
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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Something for 8-10k lbs , all I see is 2/3k lb eyes
I am not sure what you are looking for, a 8--10k working load bow eye would be very large,
the bow eye on my 28' Coastal is.
1/2 rod.
3-1/2 shank.
1-3/8 ID.
3500lb working load.
Can be purchase at West Marine for less that $25.00.
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I am not sure what you are looking for, a 8--10k working load bow eye would be very large,
the bow eye on my 28' Coastal is.
1/2 rod.
3-1/2 shank.
1-3/8 ID.
3500lb working load.
Can be purchase at West Marine for less that $25.00.
Maybe he wants to hang the boat up to dry? Think of all the boats they could fit in dry storage if the boats were vertical!
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I wanted the same thing. Boston Whaler uses this eye on their largest model. I got mine years ago.

I reinforced the bow area 2-3ft around with 20+ layers of mat and 1708. You can pick my boat up and swing it around by the eye by itself. I wanted to ensure that I never had to worry about being towed in rough weather.



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I wanted the same thing. Boston Whaler uses this eye on their largest model. I got mine years ago.

I reinforced the bow area 2-3ft around with 20+ layers of mat and 1708. You can pick my boat up and swing it around by the eye by itself. I wanted to ensure that I never had to worry about being towed in rough weather.




That looks like a exact duplicate of the bow eye on my boat.
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An older Intrepid I owned had a unique arrangement that appeared to be very strong. The bow eye and bow cleat were both backed very well and were then integeated by a shaft between the two. Basically, if you were lifting or pulling with either one, both would be absorbing part of the stress.
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Wichard makes a forged high strength bow eye. Lewis Marine Supply used to sell them (I don't know if they still do). I think the yeild strength was something like 27-28K lbs. Working load about a third of that.
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How bout these

www.toweye.com
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I wanted the same thing. Boston Whaler uses this eye on their largest model. I got mine years ago.

I reinforced the bow area 2-3ft around with 20+ layers of mat and 1708. You can pick my boat up and swing it around by the eye by itself. I wanted to ensure that I never had to worry about being towed in rough weather.



Those look like the eye and tie downs I have on my Formula.
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My bow eye looks like a standard d ring but that is because there is nothing for scale. The black strip is 1 inch tall to give you an idea of how big it is. It is huge and 3/4 stainless.
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Thanks crew ! my 28 does not have a eye and I will be towing , when I brought it home I had heavy duty straps going every which way , it was not coming off the trailer....

I have looked and all I see is the small work load and figured they have to have bigger eyes out there...The one on the GW looks beefy , I really like the one with the strap.. I have a piece of 7/8" stainless tubing I was going to use as a backing plate/ tube , about a foot long..


Captbone - where did you score that?
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Cobia23---

That has to be a $500 piece at least
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My bow eye looks like a standard d ring but that is because there is nothing for scale. The black strip is 1 inch tall to give you an idea of how big it is. It is huge and 3/4 stainless.
You might be right. Mine may be smaller. My black strip is more than an inch. But, I haven't measured it.
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We have some at Lowe's rated for 12k. Yes they are SS.
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An older Intrepid I owned had a unique arrangement that appeared to be very strong. The bow eye and bow cleat were both backed very well and were then integeated by a shaft between the two. Basically, if you were lifting or pulling with either one, both would be absorbing part of the stress.
Here's a picture of the current Tow Option from Intrepid:

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I've got two from Boston Whaler, I believe they are 5/8" or 3/4" diameter stainless U bolts- they are the oned used on their Commercial boats. You are free to buy one off me at what I paid for them, $85 apice. [email protected]
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:38 PM   #17
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Whichard 65451 has a SWL of 9926lbs.

If that is not enough, from my sailing days.... Check Rigrite:

http://www.rigrite.com/Hardware/Chai...ates_Ubolt.htm
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I know the bow eye on my hydrasport looks like you could hang a semi from it, I have no clue who makes it though.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:50 AM   #19
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Thanks to all , scored a 5/8" of of Ebay


http://www.ebay.com/itm/STAINLESS-ST...038443&vxp=mtr

Made in the USA!
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Remember, it is only as good as what it is bolted through and into. Might want to consult your boat mfr to see if they fileted the hull somewhere for mounting an eye, and advice on what to do if they didn't.
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