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07-08-2014 01:19 PM
chucklesR
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.
07-08-2014 12:35 PM
DonScribner
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.
07-07-2014 03:39 PM
christian.hess
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.
07-07-2014 02:47 PM
sailingfool
Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

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Originally Posted by ranger22owner View Post
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.
07-07-2014 02:33 PM
krisscross
Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

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.
07-07-2014 11:15 AM
ranger22owner
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!
07-03-2014 09:53 PM
TQA
Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

The glass work is easy. Color matching not so as others have said. Either pay your local gel coat color matching specialist to do it OR take the damaged bit to the local Napa store and pick up the closest rattle can. I went the latter route once and even though it was a patch on the side of the hull you could not find it after a week or two.

I don't think the pulpit is worth repairing but ask your local stainless guy. Adapting a used one might work.

Getting a new one made to fit will be expensive.
07-03-2014 05:49 PM
ccriders
Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

Learning to work fiberglass, what fun. Denise has the answer, though I would be tempted to fashion a new four leg pulpit. Is there a welding teaching program where you live? I'd bet that if you did the cutting and filling they would welcome the welding opportunity.
Let us know how it turns out.
And don't feel bad about the incident. Surely you have seen how many bent pulpits there are in any good size marina. Some people just bend them back to almost original shape and say good enough.
John
07-03-2014 04:30 PM
mike dryver
Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

Take the p[ulpit to a good metal fab shop, they should be able to straighten out the dmgd center strut enough to get a measurement for repair/replacement piece. They should also be able to heat the upper angle bends and bring them back to shape. As far as the glass repair What Denise said, or just reconstruct a new top section in place with glass and resin, and have a plate vmade to fit the shape of the bow with an attachment point for the bow rail that can be through bolted over a wider area!
07-03-2014 04:28 PM
CalebD
Re: Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

We replaced the pulpit on our 27' boat with one supposedly made for our boat. The footprint of the pulpit was different than our old pulpit! We also paid way more than $200 for our new pulpit ($750 - yikes!).

So I'd suggest you buy a new pulpit from a similar sized boat for $200. I'd want to get one with a different footprint anyway - I am not fond of the way your 3 legged pulpit has the one leg at the extreme bow of the boat. A pulpit with 4 legs (2 on either side) will set back the pulpit legs from the extreme bow making it less likely to be the first thing to meet a dock the next time around.

Get some epoxy or polyester resin to use for repairing the bow & filling the old pulpit foot holes. It will come in handy for future projects and repairs.
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