THUNDER BAY & NORTHWEST ONTARIO
Fair winds and fresh water are calling...
How far will you go?
Posted by: kerryedwards on Jan-05-13 4:11 PM (EST)
It's an early model and I've read about the locking problems. Looking at the mechanism it seems possible that the locking 'pawls' could be bent a bit to improve the latching. McMaster Carr sells the gas springs of varying poundage in the correct length and the correct end fittings can be screwed on to them I think. I also suspect that a heavier spring would solve part of the problem that people complain about--the two hullavators not rising in parallel. One issue with replacing the gas spring is that the outer end is held in with a long rivet and there's not much room between the ends of the rivet and the outer housing which drops down over it for a standard bolt. The rivet on the inner end can easily be replaced with a bolt.