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Pipe bunks

Does anyone have experience with pipe bunks? Where do you find the fittings, what size pipe, etc.

I am trying to increase the berths on my Tartan 37.
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Making up the fittings for the bulkheads isn't all that difficult. On my friend's boat, they're made from marine plywood and have been glassed into place. The pipe he uses is just stainless steel 1" stanchion tubing IIRC.
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Does anyone have experience with pipe bunks?
Yes. They hurt. They are only good for kids (that you are not overly fond of).
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My experience with pipe bunks echos that of Sailormann. They hurt!
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Hardware for pipe bunks

They are for kids, and it is that or the floor. I have a fitting on another boat that is similar to a stanchion base with one side open for the pipe to lower into. Does anyone know of somewhere to buy something like that? I am afraid plywood would wear and possibly not be strong enough.
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No ideas about your question, but wanted to say hey to a fellow T37 owner. Where you sailing out of?

We have two girls, 1 & 3, we have used the starboard sea berth with a net tied to the hand holds above and it has served well. I preferred something not so permanent.
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I'm going to install a pipe berth in the forepeak (it's a big forepeak...seven feet long under the deck), because it is essentially a small workshop area to the port side and more or less empty to starboard. The pipe berth will be for a single crew to have privacy forward, or at least the option of it, but it will also be a "shelf" in which to stow sail bags, fenders, etc.
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3/4" or 1" marine plywood with fiberglass and epoxy is pretty strong and durable, especially if the epoxy is thickened with colloidial silica.
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The only pipe bunks I've ever seen were on racing yachts - 2" thin-walled aluminium tube (carbon fibre tube on yuppy boats!) with webbing slug between. Wasn't all that comfortable, but I imagine it would be way more comfortable than cold, hard stainless.

Really good for stowing bags, sails, etc. etc.
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