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???