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    32XX bow pulpit rebuild

    Last year I had to go through a survey required by my insurance co. No major issue but the surveyor had detected a lot of humidity in my bow pulpit.
    Visually the pulpit looked ok but by the end of this season it was badly "whipping" under pressure.
    The fiberglass shell was in good condition so I opened up its "belly" to find the structure completely saturated with water:

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    The rotten plywood had to be chiseled out completely and I let it dry completely for about two weeks on my dining room heated floor:

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    I rebuilt the structure by carefully saturating and laminating three layers of marine plywood with West epoxy:

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    I also had to rebuild the thicker area that sits bolted to the deck and I glued back the outer shell making sure that everything bathes in resin (about 3 quarts total) and that no air bubbles remain.

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    Finally I painted the area with flat white paint. This is under the pulpit and is hardly visible:

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    The holes drilled for the main bolts and the hardware will be saturated with epoxy and redrilled before the reinstallation.

    Chiseling out the old plywood was good for my temper but overall it was a fairly easy job.

    Total cost for marine plywood and epoxy; approx. 300 CDN$
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    CapMartin, Montreal QC
    "Belle de Dalhousie"
    1986 3270 SOLD
    Volvo BB225B

    Nice work - on my todo list as well
    1998 Bayliner 4788
    1989 Bayliner 3270 - SOLD-


      Nice job! Ugh...another project.
      "Martini's Law" SOLD
      1986 Bayliner 3270, 110 Hino's
      Nova Scotia, Canada



        Nice work, I did the same work on my 3870, soon after the harbor re-measured all the boats and then included the bow pulpit and increased the slip fee (per length) so I removed it, sold it, then installed a BRM3 SS anchor roller for my plow anchor.
        Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

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


          Great post, thanks for the write up, I'm sure that job will be one of my future projects.

          1989 Bayliner 3888, 175 Hinos,
          Hurth 630's Onan 8kw MDKD
          Lowrance Electronics!
          Boating on Georgian Bay & the North Channel
          Completed the Great Loop 07/25/19
          AGLCA #8340
          MTOA# 7469


            Good job. Mine broke before I realized that the wood was rotten.

            1986 2850 Commend Bridge on hydrohoist
            A260 and AQ280 with DP lower unit


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ID:	398681 I helped iceclimber with his we needed up regelcoating it too because it had stress cracks in the glassin a couple places on it sides. The wood was mostly sawdust. Ended up way stronger than the factory one ever was

              it appears that my me avanti needs the same repair too.
              1989 Avanti 3450 Sunbridge
              twin 454's
              MV Mar-Y-Sol
              1979 Bayliner Conquest 3150 hardtop ocean express.
              Twin chevy 350's inboard
              Ben- Jamin
              spokane Washington


                Great job!...thanks for sharing



                  Nice job. I had the same issues with mine but decided to just remove the pulpit completely and rework the railing to match the bow.

                  US Army (Retired), Federal Way, WA

                  1990 Bayliner 3288 - the "Janna Lea"
                  MMSI: 338181912