Bowsprit replacement project

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  • September 03, 2012 5:56 AM
    Reply # 1063299 on 1062887
    Bud Taplin wrote:


    You gotta remember these boats were not built with the precision and calculations to make it to the moon.  Only around this world.

    I hear ya but I (and others) constantly admire the 'fit & finish' craftsmanship that went into my factory Westsail #775. 

    Even though my 'ol fat bottom girl still gets compliments today I can only imagine just how beautiful she really must have been splashing for the very first time 35+ years ago.
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  • September 12, 2012 7:10 PM
    Reply # 1071032 on 958152
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    The bowsprit on Bloodhound was replaced by the PO in Columbia using a local hardwood and has shown no signs of deterioration.  Maybe it pays to learn a bit about tropical hardwoods before the need arises.  For example, there's an Aussie wood called Tallow Wood that you really have to work at to get any kind of rot.  Just saying, way too late.  Sorry.
  • September 13, 2012 5:42 AM
    Reply # 1071364 on 1071032
    Oh there are plenty of woods here that would have sufficed if I was just worried about potential for rot.  There is a wood here called 'Ironwood' that you cannot drive a nail thru... you have to pre-drill it for fasteners and it is preferred for any construction around water (docks, decks, etc.).  Extremely heavy/dense though.  Sinks like a rock.

    The problem I ran into with local woods is finding a piece of the dimensions I needed that was clear of knots and/or straight grained.  And there is very little need for aged/dry wood here so if I did find a clear enough piece it would likely be green.

    As forested as Guatemala is, due to over-harvesting & deforestation (for banana/rubber/palm oil plantations, etc.) decent wood is very hard to come by and/or expensive anymore.  Especially anything of any size.

    While I would have preferred I didn't have to take the path I had to take I don't regret it.  Just one of the prices I have to pay in order to live in paradise :)
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