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10-02-2006 12:53 AM
kjsailingSpring Faster,

Thank you for the thought...There are no fore and aft lower shrouds so I imagine I will have to take prudent care not to mess with it until I get a hand from someone who knows what they are doing.

I appreciate your patience with my utter ignorance on this matter. I'll seek out someone competent to take a look at it. And I'm reading, reading, reading...slow going on the learning about the rigging though.

I can't resist asking though, and you may cringe again,...Can I take the line that is attached through my mast to the jib's roller furling, lower that and tension it to the toerail - gaining enough support for the mast, just as a temporary measure?



Thanks again!
KJSailing
10-01-2006 09:04 PM
sailingdog Of course, if your mast is on a tabernacle, or you have a gin pole system, it might be worth taking the mast down while you look at the chainplate and the area where the damage is.
10-01-2006 08:46 PM
Faster KJsailing:
Re-reading your post it occurs to me that the early Hunter 27 may have fore-and-aft lower shrouds. If this is the case then the forestay can probably be let go temporarily to service the stem head piece. Also, it would be a good idea to attach a halyard to the toerail forward and tension it to help support the rig while the forestay is off.
My original warning was with Hunter's swept-spreader rigs in mind, where the only forward support for the mast is the headstay. Your boat probably pre-dates that style of rig.
Nevertheless you should get to know someone in your area with experience and get some guidance from them. And do some reading and studying so you better understand the terminology.
10-01-2006 08:01 PM
kjsailingSpring
...Yikes...disaster avoided

Thank you much Faster! Qualifed help seems to be a wise choice at this point. The mast falling down would have been an ugly lesson.

Thank you!
10-01-2006 02:02 AM
Faster The bow pulpit is the stainless steel "railing" at the bow of your boat. The photo is of the stem head fitting, in this case it looks like a cover plate.
If, as I suspect, your mast is deck-stepped (ie - it doesn't extend into the cabin, resting on the keel) then it will fall over if you disconnect your forestay.
You need to get some qualified advice before you go further!
10-01-2006 01:03 AM
kjsailingSpring
Caulking Bow pulpit??

I have a 1981 Hunter 27' and the bow pulpit is cracked and worn through. I was thinking of just removing it, checking the structural integrety of the boat underneth it and filling in the cracks and holes with LifeCaulk and putting it back on. Is this foolish to do? How much support does the bow pulpit really give the headstay, lifelines etc...

And here is a basic question...pardon my newbieness...If I undo the headstay from the bow pulpit, is the mast going to have enough support to stay firmly in place for a couple of weeks?

Some friendly advice would be appreciated.

KJSailing
10-01-2006 12:36 AM
domingodp
Many thanks for the advise !

Many thanks for the advise y'all...I appreciate you taking the time to share your views...D
09-30-2006 04:15 PM
sailingdog One thing you've seemed to overlook is that the bow pulpit also goes a long way to helping keep a headsail on the boat, when you're putting one on or taking one off...which you have to do, even if you have roller furling headsails, at least once in a while.

Even if you don't care about the lifelines, or the safety factor... when you're working on hoisting a headsail or changing headsails, not having a pulpit makes the task much more dangerous for the person at the bow.

Also, not having a bow pulpit, makes it very likely that you won't be able to sell the boat at a later date.
09-30-2006 02:18 AM
paulk When we bought our new (to us) boat, the bow pulpit was pretty much off kilter too. The yard suggested that they knew a welder who'd be happy to come by with his mobile workshop to help us out for a couple of hundred dollars. A week later, and our pulpit was straight, we didn't have to worry about where our lifelines were led, and the lines of our boat were't screwed up by a nutty-looking forward end. We also didn't have to be so concerned about falling overboard. Well worth it. It's now been about 10 years since we had the pulpit fixed. Wish some of my other investments had paid off as well as this one has. You don't want to skimp on safety, even if you don't get out to that end of the boat that often.
09-29-2006 10:56 PM
Faster Yes the toerail is solid on these boats, and the wire will not fail anyway.

IMO It's the stanchions that would likely fail if the lifelines lead simply to the toerail without the lateral support from the pulpit.
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