Since I'm replacing all wood on a 2001 Royalex Bell Northwind with vinyl
gunwales anyway, I would also like to replace the metal seat hangers. They
don't allow raising the low-mounted seat easily, and they act like side-to-side
swings, bumping the seat frame into the hull with each wave or hard paddling. I
bought some "arc" wooden hangers from Ed's as replacements, hopefully
eliminating both problems.
The metal hangers are attached with rivets to the vinyl inwales and hull. How
do I uninstall them and reinstall the gunwale? I know you can drill out rivets
somehow, but have no experience. Are there special precautions to take with the
vinyl gunwales and ABS hull? Do you need to put in larger rivets afterwards
because you drilled out a larger hole? What kind of rivets? Solid or pop
rivets? What's a good way to go about this?