You win some, you lose some.  I don’t know why but I feel like I lost on this one.   It isn’t that I didn’t get the job done, it’s just one of those bad feelings.  You see, it all started with hauling our long forgotten bow pulpit platform back to the boat.

Tate hauling bow pulpit to the boat

And the idea was to stick it back onto the new shiny bowsprit.

The bow sprit before the bow pulpit is put on

But of course there was a problem.  There are always issues with a boat project.  You see when they fabricated the SS bowsprit they had to adjust some of the holes because the SS tubes inside of it would bump and rub so the fabricator moved some of the mounting holes.  Well in the end this resulted in the bow pulpit platform sitting right ontop of the whisker stays.  A mouthfull I know.  The end result is that I knew I’d have to either make a new platform or cut away some of the old one.  So I decided we’d chop up old faithful and see how it goes.

We dry fit the platform and I made some rough marks on the underside to see what had to be cut away to give clearance.
Taking bow pulpit measurements to cut

I didn’t have a saw long enough for the cut so we went and picked up a general purpose saw to make those long cuts.  I chopped the width in the platform in half at those points.
Cutting the bow pulpit

The damn thing still wouldn’t fit.  The new anchor rollers are a lot beefer than the previous ones, so of course some of the middle section had to be chopped and cut out.  Oh and the chocks that connect the platform to the cap rails had to be cut off too.  (I cut one too short and need to shim it still.)  Can’t win today. 

And afterwards I cut up some new all thread to fit into place.   Of course this was a total pain to hammer in, but what else is new.

Hammering the threadbar for the bow pulpit in

I also had to buy a new 3/4″ socket to tighten this stuff from both ends.
Tightening the thread bars

Another problem came up.  The very front part of the pulpit can’t get compression.  The reason is that the SS is slightly thinner then the old wood bowsprit and the metal piece that spans over the sprit is just a tad too wide, it was buckling up as I tightened.  So I stopped.  I wasn’t doing the old girl any favors though because I realized that having taken so much material out leaves that front mounting piece pretty vulnerable from pressure underneath.  Only a small part of the wood is left there holding on.  At least I can adjust the whisker stays.  My fear is that if the nose takes a dive in a wave, the upwards pressure will split what is left.   Oh well.  At least it looked pretty back on.

Bow pulpit finished and installed

The old platform is old.  Like really old.  It is cracked in some places and salty.  I suppose if it busts I’ll just make a new one.  You can’t win them all.  I told Dani that the entire bow pulpit rail and platform was suspect in my eyes anyway.  If she dies, she’ll get replaced.  But hopefully it will hold on.  We’re getting down to the end of our cruising budget and we have to cut corners where it is prudent.   Sorry bowpulpit and platform, you don’t make the cut… Or I should say, you get cut… Cut up ugly, cut up like in a back alley in holly grove.  (You NOLA folks know what I mean.)

So with a heavy heart, I pronounce the bow pulpit reattached.  Though I’m not pleased with it.  An inner turmoil rages.  Perfection vs “Getting it done”.  Money vs Function.

Bow pulpit finished looking forward on the boat

I suspect one of the interesting things about cruising is that we’ll be taught eventually which of our choices were right and which were wrong.   Is this job “good enough”?