Paul and All:
I am back from a long trip to Florida to pick up an RV (which I hope to drive up to Lake Huron and can offer free accomodations to probably 3 other people. Let me know if you need a place) and an 80's something 23 Craft Craft Scorpion looking hull. It is built strong and was an inboard/outboard. I am not sure what I will do with it.
Meanwhile, last Saturday I started putting the new T bolt clamps on the muffler systems on both engines. I will finish up this Saturday and Sunday take Summer Palace out for further sea trials.
It was hot and my wind shield has no brackets to hold the windows open. In fact the PO put screws in to hold them to the frames. After thinking for a while I decided to try and attach some gas cylinders so that the two windows will surge out and use a locking bracket to hold them in place. The idea comes from the back window of my Explorer, and the cylinders really work well there.
Has anyone tried this? I am also thinking a similar arrangement on the heavy hatches might make the hatches easy to lift and hold up. Any comments or things to look out for? I am not too sure how long they will last in the salty environs, but am willing to give it a try.
Sitting in Denver at the moment but have a few minutes to respond. First impression of gas cylinders is not a good one, although they may be adapted to make the opening a bit easier. What happens to one of those if it comes loose, does it catapult into your face? Not knowing how you plan to do this, all I can say is don't drill more holes and be careful.