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Photo 1
After removing the seats, the author's son Gavin gets into the boat with a flashlight and
a wrench to remove all the bolts he can reach.
reach. We are blessed with my
25-year-old son Gavin who is tall
and skinny with long arms. We
will get him as far into the boat
as possible with a flashlight and
a wrench to get what he can get
(Photo 1). But if you don't have
access to a tall, skinny kid who is
not claustrophobic, there is another
solution to locating hidden bolts.
You can buy an inspection camera
that will hook up to your cell phone
for less than $20 or an all-inclusive
unit for about $100. This will
allow you to run a small wire cable
into the tightest spaces to spot
those pesky bolts you can't see.
This early 2000s Supra ski boat
(Left lead photo) is the perfect
example of bow cushions being
bolted and wood-screwed before the
boat was mounted to the hull. First,
you must access these bow cushions
from the front side. Get a razor blade
and cut off the exterior vinyl cushion
cover. Then get a scraper and gently
remove the foam from the backer
board, which will expose the bolts
or screws (Photo 2). Most of the
time, the cushions are either bolted
or screwed, but rarely both. Supra
made doubly sure these bow cushions
were not going to fly out of the boat
while being towed down the highway,
becoming roadkill. The bow cushion
backs are bolted and screwed from the
back side, making most of the bolts
and screws impossible to reach.
*WARNING: Before you start trying
to remove the bow cushion bolts, be
sure to predrill at least four holes
where you will be installing nylon
trim retainers. In this case, this is
how the new center bow cushion will
Photo 2
Use a razor blade to remove the old vinyl
cover and foam to expose the bolts that can't
be accessed from the back side of the boat.
" If you don't
have access to
a tall, skinny kid,
there is another
solution to locating
hidden bolts. "
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