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Trying to find Figureheads

Hello all! I'm trying to find a figurehead to install on my boat. I saw *one* at a nautical flea market that was beautiful, and came back minutes later to find it gone.

Now I have been looking for weeks to no avail.

I like the traditional bare mermaid, but I have seen some other nice ones as well. I also don't want to break the bank to get it!

Does anybody know someplace online or in South Florida that sells them?

Not really looking for a billethead, really want a figurehead.

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Re: Trying to find Figureheads

Have you considered additional weight you are adding forward? Figurehead traditionally mates to a boat with a bow sprit, Coronados were not built with one. Also, as much as they are salty looking, they tend to be a lot of maintenance, especially on a boat that is light on exterior wood maintenance to start with. But, just my opinion
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Re: Trying to find Figureheads

The one I saw was weighed about 6 pounds at about 20" long. I can handle that, sailing (for me) isn't a race. I have a very long bow anchor roller it will go up against and partly mount to.

:Edit: Anyone who doesn't want to deal with a little maintenance is on the wrong website!

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The one I saw was weighed about 6 pounds at about 20" long. I can handle that, sailing (for me) isn't a race. I have a very long bow anchor roller it will go up against and partly mount to.

:Edit: Anyone who doesn't want to deal with a little maintenance is on the wrong website!
Rugos has it right Break - a figurehead on a contemporary style boat will look absurd, anchor roller or not. They only look right on large, clipper bowed boats. I've seen people try them on small clipper bows (under 40') and even there they just look silly and tacked on.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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I appreciate the input, but these are subjective comments relating to individual tastes.

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Re: Trying to find Figureheads

I used to know a guy who superglued a little "hula girl" doll to the bow of his racing dinghy. She could really get moving. Although she tended to get kinda stuck sideways as the boat heeled. But, when sailing flat, with the breeze blowing her faux-grass skirt and her hips jiggling, she looked pretty cool.
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The guy in the slip next to mine has a boat named " Viking " . Up front he has a hand carved Viking Head, horns and all! Really looks neat!....

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Sounds pretty cool!

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The guy in the slip next to mine has a boat named " Viking " . Up front he has a hand carved Viking Head, horns and all! Really looks neat!....
It would be great if you took a picture of it and posted it

Did you check ebay already?

Here's one you paint yourself, it's foam so it would be light.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAUTICAL-MER...#ht_545wt_1163

Or http://www.ebay.com/itm/MERMAID-Naut...ht_6136wt_1396

Ready to mount:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRITANNIA-SH...#ht_590wt_1064

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Re: Trying to find Figureheads

I too have been looking for one. We need something small, 10" to 12", for where the bowsprit meets the bow. Something curved downward, a mermaid or dolphin. Have been looking for a year or so. I have found bronze dolphins but nothing over 8 inches.

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