Oh how I wish it was that easy. As I have to work later tonight (and into the wee hours of the morning) and the weather is nice and warm at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (about 10 Celsius for everyone not in the US), I thought I would go out and do some prep work on the forepeak so I can get to work on sealing it off from the best of the boat. Seems like a nice easy and low pressure task, right?
To start with, I needed to remove the chocks and the forestay mount. The hardest part I could imagine to this was getting a pair of grips on the nuts inside the hull while I was on deck with a rather large screw driver. The Chocks and the deck cleat came out neatly and with little fuss and no foul language. With optimism thus established, I went to take care of the forestay. On the Sea Sprite 23 this Is a fairly heavy piece that has two bolts on deck and two down on the forward edge of the bow. It comes to a sharp bronze point that will hopefully protect Flirt’s pretty hull if I should decide to try ramming somebody like a greek or roman triamterene.
This is where my optimism evaporated and this went from a nice easy job to one of the worst so far. All four bolts (which have slotted screw tops) refused to budge and two of them stripped out. I was able to get the inner nuts off of them by squeezing up into the bow (actually not an uncomfortable place) and using a ratchet, but even with the nuts off, the bolts refused to relinquish their grip on the glass.
To free them required a trip to the hardware store for some drill bits and easy outs.. and even then, I was only able to remove one of the bolts that way. The very last one required me to drill it’s entire head off and then pry the mount from the hull (doing minimal damage, thankfully) before it popped free. Thankfully I am not one to curse, so my neighbors were spared my hurting their delicate ears
Bow without the forestay mount:
And the offending mount:
Of course after getting it off, the rain that had been threatening to fall all morning finally did, ending my working on Flirt for the next couple of days