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Bowsprit modification on 2001 3988

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    Bowsprit modification on 2001 3988

    It took long enough but I finally completed the pulpit modification on my 2001 3988; pictures are attached, (only three pictures are allowed per post). The original bowsprit contributed to a LOA of 46' 3". Now, the LOA is about 43' 4". It appears that they used 5200 adhesive under the original pulpit so it took some elbow grease and patience to remove it. Unfortunately, it took some of the gelcoat with it so repairs were needed. Once I removed what was left of the 5200, I used a dremel tool to create a good, clean surface for the Marine Rx. Epoxy. I also used some Penetrating Epoxy on the large hole where the spot light wiring ran through. Once repairs were made, I had a 1/8" thick, polished stainless plate made to cover the area. I also had the stainless guy weld a section of bow rail to close the gap on the front of the boat. In regards to the anchor, I opted for a Bruce type, 44 lb. Lewmar Claw anchor, along with a BRM3 stainless bow roller. Instead of using 5200, with the advice from a buddy, I used copious amounts of 4200 adhesive under the stainless plate and bow roller to provide a water tight seal. If I ever have to remove anything, it will save me a lot of work. Of importance is to make sure you have enough clearance between the anchor claws and the bow of the boat. A dock buddy, with the same boat, made a similar modification but his anchor ended up too close to the bow of the boat. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the results.
    Original Pulpit Modification with 1/8" thick polished stainless, new anchor roller and 44 lb. anchor Top view, also showing modified bow rail.
    Orange County, Ca.
    2001 3988
    Twin Cummins 330's

    Looks good, nice work.
    Sea Venture
    2000 3055, 5.7/B2, 18x23" props
    Cruising the PNW and beyond.
    DIYC, Riverhouse Marina
    MMSI 316029971

    Drinks well with others.


      Great job Alex!
      Jeff & Tara
      (And Ginger too)
      Lake Havasu City, AZ

      2000 Bayliner 3388
      Cummins 4bta 250s

      In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010


        Excellent work buddy!
        Jim Gandee
        1989 3888
        Hino 175's
        Fire Escape


          That really looks nice!

          4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA


            OK, now that you have finally got it done and perfected you can start making mine.

            Very nice job.
            1999 Bayliner Ciera 2655
            5.7 Bravo 3


              what you are going to find that is missing is the bail over the roller to keep the line from jumping out on a rough anchorage, or the anchor from bouncing out in a rough seaway... unless you are only a fair weather sailor, it WILL be a problem.

              NU LIBERTE'
              Salem, OR

              1989 Bayliner 2556 Convertible
              5.7 OMC Cobra - 15.5x11 prop
              N2K equipped throughout..
              2014 Ram 3500 crew cab, 6.7 Cummins
              2007 M-3705 SLC weekend warrior, 5th wheel
              '04 Polaris Sportsman 700 -- '05 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO
              Heavy Equipment Repair and Specialty Welding


              • Ahaua
                Ahaua commented
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                Great observation and I'm already planning on having my stainless guy weld one onto the roller. I'm also looking for either a heavy duty anchor shackle or swivel. The shackle I have on now is only temporary. I'm just having a hard time finding a shackle or swivel that fits both the anchor and the chain. Thanks for your comment!

              Looks great, I’m taking notes.
              "Impasse". 2001 3988
              Cummins 330's
              Puget Sound

              "You don't want to be the richest guy in the nursing home..."


              • Ahaua
                Ahaua commented
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                Thanks! I like the saying in your of wisdom

              you might want to consider bolting on the bale to restrain the anchor rather than welding. That way it can be removed if nessessry. Mine has gotten bent but can be straightened more easily by removing.
              2000 4788 w Cummins 370's, underhulls, swim step hull extension
              12' Rendova center console with 40HP Yamaha
              MV Kia Orana
              Currently Alameda CA


              • Ahaua
                Ahaua commented
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                Thanks for the advice! Will definitely consider that.....

              I did not install a bail over my BRM3 and that was 8 years ago and have never had an issue with the anchor jumping out nor the line when anchored.
              Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

              Bayliner 3870 "ALASKA33)
              Twin 350 GM power
              Located in Seward, AK
              Retired marine surveyor