I’m doing a little early spring refitting on my Tempest 170 Pro and have hit a roadblock. One of the things I’m doing is replacing the screws, nuts and washers that hold the deck rigging hardware in place. The old screws have some corrosion from a number of years of exposure to salt water. Seems like a nice simple project that I can knock out before something breaks at a really bad time.
Problem is this: Three of the fittings retained by screws and bolts are waaaaay up against the forward bulkhead in the cockpit. I went in headfirst, and after a long period of uncomfortable wriggling and not a little cursing, I got to a point where I could put my socket wrench at the end of my outstretched arm just onto the bolt. With my wife on the outside turning the screw, I could get the nut off and remove the fitting.
Before I went all the way on that though, I had a disturbing thought. No way in my contortions do I believe that I could get even farther in to put a new washer and bolt on when it comes time. So I tightened back up and extracted myself.
Anyone done something similar? Short of looking for a scrawny 10 year old and maybe getting arrested, how can I remove and replace that hard to reach washer and nut set?