This 6’8”, 290 pound fellow recently captured his “white whale” . . . a Necky Pinta (2000). During a deep restoration (it was in pretty bad shape), I tried to remove the bow eyestrap. One machine bolt was coming out fine, which led me to think there was a set block or something similar beneath, but then just started spinning halfway out. Now the first bolt won’t tighten back up, while other bolt won’t turn. Sigh. When I check out the inside of the bow from the hatch, there looks to be two globs of MarineTex around whatever is holding the bolts in.
Anyone have any insights as to what exactly is up there or solved this challenge before with other similar models? I know that later models and years have a horizontal hole all the way through the front of the bow for the carry handle, but that alternative makes me shudder a bit. I might just dremel through both bolts, patch, and call it a day, but a secure bow handle would be nice, if not for carrying then at least for roof transport. Appreciate any wisdom.