IDEAS FOR A NEW BOW PULPIT

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  1. phughes69

    phughes69 New Member

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    Dec 10, 2015
    Detroit Mi
    1980 Scarab, 1986 Formula
    454 twin turbo
    IDEAS FOR A NEW BOW PULPIT----My 24' Sea Ray has a teak bow pulpit on it already, but the front is broken and I'm changing the anchor windlass from the capstan style to full chain gypsy style. Thus I need to make the bow pulpit longer in the back to position the chainhaus over the anchor locker. I looked into the cost of teak strips and total cost would be $500-700. Then I looked birch, maple or acacia butcher block. They are typically 1 1/2" thick and the cost for one of these pieces would be $90 for a maple piece. I want the wood look and not a fiberglass pulpit. I would apply varnish as a finish surface treatment. Has anyone thought of using butcher block as a pulpit. What are some pros and cons to using butcher block???
     
  2. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 EC
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin 546s Plotter
    454 Crusaders
    Anything other than teak will rot with 3-5 years. All that work would be for nothing. There are companies that fabricate teak pulpits and swim platforms for surprisingly reasonable prices.
     
  3. Riptide III

    Riptide III Active Member

    602
    Dec 8, 2007
    Dartmouth MA
    1997 Sea Ray 400DA
    Cat 3116 TA
    1994 Sea Ray Laguna CC 250 Tohatsu
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    What about mahogany? It glues and works better than teak. it is also a lot cheaper
     
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  4. randmhall

    randmhall Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    292
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    Mahogany is a great option. I used mahogany several years ago for some benches on a sailboat. I reapplied spar varnish every year. Still looked good when I sold it several years later.
     
  5. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    324
    Aug 29, 2011
    Mackinaw City, Michigan
    1997 330 Sundancer, 7.4L MPI V-Drive
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser
    I have a teak pulpit that was an extra part to a Sea Ray I bought years ago...maybe a 230WE??? It's something I've kept for some reason, but would be more than happy to part with. I'll get it out this morning and take measurements and photos. It might be something you can use. I'm in north Metro Detroit.
     
  6. phughes69

    phughes69 New Member

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    Dec 10, 2015
    Detroit Mi
    1980 Scarab, 1986 Formula
    454 twin turbo
    Thanks. I’m looking for one that is 48” long. It needs to be that long to cover the anchor locker opening.
     
  7. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    324
    Aug 29, 2011
    Mackinaw City, Michigan
    1997 330 Sundancer, 7.4L MPI V-Drive
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser
    I think what I have, was made to do that. It is 48" long, 20" wide at the base for about 12", then tapers down to 17" wide the rest of the length. It is 1 1/2" thick and is laminated. There are a few plugs along the side so I am thinking there is maybe a threaded rod through the piece to help hold the laminations together? Not sure about how it's constructed. It looks like an oiled finish to me. DSCF0443.JPG DSCF0447.JPG DSCF0448.JPG DSCF0450.JPG DSCF0449.JPG DSCF0446.JPG
     

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