Originally Posted by The LowGun
You have done that very well. It is nicely complimentary. I imagine that would be less expensive than the 'targa' style too.
I hope you don't mind if I use your photos with the engineer.
No problem Mike. Would be interesting to hear how much you are quoted over here. Somewhere, I have sketches of the whole thing, but the basics are that the vertical curve ties in with the bimini and targa, and the fore and aft curve ties in with the rear bimini hoop.
As for tying in, the fwd vertical replaces the fwd vertical of the existing pushpit, and the aft vertical sits between the two corner verticals of the pushpit.
So cutting involves removing the fwd pushpit vertical completely, and the base of the arch goes where the pushpit vertical was. Also, save the eyes off the pushpit vertical - they get welded back on to support the lifelines
(and the end result is you would never know).
The fwd vertical is a new mount down onto the deck
, but a gap is cut where the pushpit curves between the last aft side vertical, and the first aft stern vertical.
The cutting is a bit 'are we doing the right thing here', but a week later when it is all back together, we were very pleased with the end result, and genuinely consider it to be an enhancement.
Probably nothing to worry about, but just ensure the guy welding it into your pushpit applies an acid gel to the welds before the final polish, to remove any free iron that comes out of the SS tube during the welding process, or you will end up with 'tea stains'. Any welder worth his salt
will do that, but I always believe in supervising any significant job these days.
If you need any more photos, I will dig some up off a separate hard drive.
Let us all know how you go, and if you need to talk, send me a PM.
PS hope to get to Sydney
in March - where is your boat?