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Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

So what the general consensus is saying is to try to bend back the pulpit, if that doesn't work order a new one. As far as the fiberglass repair goes... it will be a great learning experience and I should create a new cut out v shape or attempt to patch on the broken off piece.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions. I will let you know the end result!
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I would use this experience as an opportunity to install a nice anchor roller with a very beefy front, which will minimize any potential damage to your bow in the future. Sh...t happens, but you can minimize the damage through better design.

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So what the general consensus is saying is to try to bend back the pulpit, if that doesn't work order a new one. As far as the fiberglass repair goes... it will be a great learning experience and I should create a new cut out v shape or attempt to patch on the broken off piece.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions. I will let you know the end result!
My my experience with a slight bend in a stern rail (guy on the mooring behind us missed his pickup stick...) I doubt that rail will straighten, you can try but I suspect you'll end up using the services of a local tubing fabricator, who will build you a replacement rail to the tune of $4-500. You can try patching on the broken piece, to provide more strength consider inserting a a pair of 3" ss screws ,fore-to-aft, through the joint on each side, counter-sink the heads and cover with gelcoat or Marine-tex.

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Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

rails are made of very thin wall ss tubing...

although mine wasnt as badly bent I managed to have it(pulpit) fixed down(bend 2 legs and weld) here for around $40 including new feet and welds...polished too...

this damage is more extreme but I would at least try.
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Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

I know this isn't exactly the same thing, but my bow cap was destroyed; not by me but the PO. He had hidden the damage with black silicone so it looked pretty good, no, really. But as things aged the extent of the damage became readily apparent. SO finally, I grew a spine and pulled it off for a little work. I shaped the leading edge and about 1/3 of the sides with modeling clay. Then I glassed over the whole thing adding extra to the impact areas. There are about 6 layers on the edges and three on the flat surface. After sanding, filling, sanding, filling sanding and a little sanding, I primed it and painted it with . . . truck bed liner. Can't think of a harsher environment than that. The photo isn't as clear as I would like, but I think you can see the textured surface and the clean lines. It's been installed for a few years now and it's holding up well.
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Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

The hardest thing about resin/epoxy and fiberglass work is the sanding and other clean up that comes afterward.
The whole point of that area of the bow is cosmetic and unless you are going for re-sale value on an otherwise pristine original boat it does not need to look like new.

As to the pulpit, use a dremel with a cutting wheel and remove the bent upright. Order some 7/8 inch tube, cut it to size and have it welded back on if you like, or just leave it 'custom'.
Depending on your area you may be able to find a 'salvage' reseller (for example, http://www.baconsails.biz/ here in Annapolis) that might have pieces and parts such as a pulpit for a reasonable price.
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