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post #4 of Old 07-23-2003
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Bent Pulpit

I''ve had the same problem with my pulpit. Previous owner was lowering the mast on the 30 ft boat and dropped it the last few feet. The front end of the pulpit was bent down about 30 degrees, the vertical parts were undamaged. The fabricator cut the pulpit at the bends, sleaved in a short replacement and welded it back together. I did all the grinding, filing, sanding and buffing. It looks pretty good, not boat show perfect, but certainly good enough for inspection at 10 ft. As I also fly a spinnaker and the pole rests right on where the welds are when I''m setting up, I wrapped that part of the pulpit in 1/4 in dacron line for a about a foot (use double sided carpet tape to ensure it doesn''t unwind). I color co-ordinated the red and green as a reminder to myself. Now the pole rests on the lne and doesn''t slide off while I''m setting up the spinnaker sheets and guys. Looks good to. It only cost about $100.00.
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