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Bow Pulpit straightening.

The 1000s of miles I have put on the boat trailering has taken its toll on the bow pulpit. Note to self support the mast better after this repair. I have a good welding shop I use. Is it likely this can be bent back to shape or am I going to need to find a new pulpit?
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Re: Bow Pulpit straightening.

Ouch. Sorry to see that. As a general rule, bent metal is weaker and bending it back is weaker still. Although, nothing looks creased in the pics, so you could give it a try yourself, I suppose. I suspect a good pro would charge a fair amount of what a new one would cost and doubt it will ever look perfect.


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Re: Bow Pulpit straightening.

Keith Fenner could straighten that. It wont be perfect but close. cost a guess might be 400 to 800 US.

A new one would probably be in the region of 2k +

A key step in both would be making a template for the mounting holes in plywood. If you present that to a shop with the old bent pulpit you could save some dosh.
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Re: Bow Pulpit straightening.

Bend right above the mount base on portside behind cleat is the biggest prob
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Re: Bow Pulpit straightening.

If straightening doesn't work, the West Wight Potter parts site lists a new one for 420.00. Looks like you will need to do some fiberglass and backing repair as well.
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If straightening doesn't work, the West Wight Potter parts site lists a new one for 420.00. Looks like you will need to do some fiberglass and backing repair as well.
Great minds think alike.

I have a Potter 14 I got a pulpit for, it came used and needed to be bent to fit. I was looking at it to steal for the other boat. It looks too short to be of much use.
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Re: Bow Pulpit straightening.

there are couple of Catalina 22 pulpits on eBay for around $200 also one for a C-27. easier to modify a good one the straighten a bent one
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there are couple of Catalina 22 pulpits on eBay for around $200 also one for a C-27. easier to modify a good one the straighten a bent one
I'll look into it. Shipping may kill that option though. Last one I had shipped was sent via greyhound was not too bad. The shipping via any other option may be prohibitively expensive.

Although this looks interesting from Latvia with only $60 shipping.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OSCULATI-ss...oAAOSwX4FdA~h-

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Re: Bow Pulpit straightening.

Just talked to my welder. He did not have much hope from this pulpit being strong after he bent it into shape. So the search for a replacement begins.
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Re: Bow Pulpit straightening.

We live and learn.
Maybe think cradle for transport
Mount bases should be reusable
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