Ever had to climb inside your engine area? Slipped on a stringer, scraped a knuckle on a bolt? Can’t climb into a small engine hatch easily anymore? And dear lord, thinking about digging around the rudder to tighten bolts is sweat inducing just thinking about it. Today is your day to let loose, get it all out. It’s OK to cry today.To get it started, fellow Woody Boater Brian “Bruiser” Toye sent in his confession. It’s OK Brian. Thanks for sharing..
I had to replace the bolts which hold the upper part of the rudder shaft bushing to the actual boat. Some had actually worked themselves loose and had fallen into the bilge. Scary I know. Something I added to the list to check at the first of each season. Of course the bolts
and area were behind the petrol tank which of course a sensible person would have pumped out the 40 of petrol and removed the tank. But I did not want to really do that unless I had to.
So I shoved my arms into the rather tight space and managed to replace the four bolts, this time with lockwashers and nuts.
In the process, I gave myself bruises on the top portions of my arms – both upper and forearms !
Bring on your pain in the _________ in the comment section. Sanded off your finger prints? cuts on hose clamps. skin burn on hot chrome?