eliminating sampson posts

  • June 27, 2014 10:26 AM
    Message # 1563135
    Deleted user
    HI Folks,

    With 'Nerites' we found a lot of rot in the aft deck , resulting in part from the 'quarter posts' not being properly sealed, and also other silly issues... however we decided during the rebuild, on the advise of the boat yard and other carpenters talked to, not to install these posts again but to use strong cleats instead.   I have always been a fan of Sampson posts but I can see leaks and  bit of rot around these on this boat too..and know I will have to go into this area soon.  My thought is to do the same and eliminate them, switching instead to stout cleats.  Can anyway speak to removing the sampson posts and the remaining structural integrity of the bowsprit - are the three bolts to the deck sufficient?  I thought I remembered somewhere they bend sometimes?  maybe we should have another bold installed, or maybe the sampson posts must stay and just come up with a better way of sealing them?  Bud?
  • July 05, 2014 8:18 AM
    Reply # 3038281 on 1563135

    My best solution is to go with a stainless box bowsprit, and weld short sampson posts to the bowsprit, and seal up the holes through the deck.

    Otherwise, if you keep the wood bowsprit, still seal up the holes in the deck, and use good 12" to 14" cleats, with backing plates under the deck.

  • July 05, 2014 8:22 AM
    Reply # 3038282 on 1563135

    The other alternative that I have done is to make short stainless sampson posts, welded to a plate that mounts on the deck on either side of the bowsprit, with backup plates under the deck.  The original openings should also be sealed up, and will be covered with the plates welded to the sampson posts.

    Contact me for pictures of the ones I have made before.

  • July 23, 2014 12:52 PM
    Reply # 3052822 on 1563135
    Deleted user

    Thanks Bud!