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Wood for Bowspirt?

I have removed a small teak bowsprit from my Columbia 26. Someone added it as an afterthought, but it does hold the anchor, and there can be a good bit of stress on it when anchored. I am going to replace it, and was wondering what the best wood is to use, if other than teak? I have seen a few in looking around, and ash and black walnut were the only 2 other than teak. Any ideas?

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Wood for Bowspirt?

I have a real sail carrying bowsprit its fir but its also 8" by 8" (for real, not like a 2"x4" that is actually 1.75" by 3.5")at the base.

White Oak is strong and rot resistant. Hoduras mahogony is also good, Phillipine softer and not as good. Black Locust might work as well, its also strong and rot resistant.

All the good, strong rot resistant wood is expensive. If you do go for oak make sure its not red oak, that is very strong but rots in no time.

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