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Nautique Rear Lid Shock Repair

May 27th, 2012 No comments

Today’s project was coming up with a repair option for a stripped out screw hole on the back of the Nautique.
The design of the 2007 ski nautique 196 has a dual folding lid that opens up to a storage area for gear and shorter skis. There are some gas shocks that control the opening and closing of the lid. After years of use the screws started to pull out of the deck lid.
While the boat is not quite ready for a new deck lid, the stripped hole represents a problem.
As a temporary fix to this problem, I used an expanding brass thread insert, which would wedge its way into the composite and provide a secure mount for a 1/4-20 bolt. I did have to drill the mounting bracket out to fit that bolt, but it seems pretty solid so far. I will report some long term results. I may end up replacing them all if it works.

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Inspiration of John O’Neill

June 9th, 2009 4 comments

hidden-pass-tournament-waterski-49291I remember the first time I met John at a waterski tournament in 2007. I had brought my list of excuses of why I wasn’t in the tournament, most of which dissolved after I saw John ski. Watching John ski, and ski very well with one arm, placed my insignificant complaints into a different category. I have learned never turned down a chance to ski and I am the first one in the water without hesitation.

John and I met in passing over the next year or two, mostly revolving around water skiing and the occasional brush by through work connections somehow. After a few conversations, I truly became inspired by John as a water skiier, but not for the obvious reasons. I became inspired not because I was talking to a person who could kick my ass on the ski course, literally with one arm, but because I was talking with a guy who did not see any obstacles in doing what he loved to do. Whatever facilities he had available to him, he was going to be water skiing and that was all there was to it. John was inspiring because his love for this sport poured out of everything he did. Everybody who met John quickly accepted John on the ski course because of the spirit he brought to the sport.

While his death this week was a tragic one, it would be hard to imagine him wanting to do anything but ski. Saying that he died doing what he loved would be an understatement and I am sure John is smiling at us all today, still putting in an extra set. Thanks for eliminating all of my excuses in one encounter John, and thanks for reminding me why I go skiing every chance I can.

JohnONeill

 

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