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Old 02-09-2018, 17:38   #1
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Bow pulpit issue

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I need some advice. We had a small mishap the other day (don't ask the captain is still a little sensitive about it). Our bow pulpit is a little smushed as a result. It really can't be fixed. So the question is, have one made or find one used (If possible)? If used, how do I go about finding one? The boat is a 1980 O'Day 37. She's undergone a complete refit.
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Finding a used one with an exact fit could take years of searching. Having one that is “close” modified to fit could well cost the same as a new custom one when the smoke clears.

Finding a used one will be like waiting for lightning to strike. You’re basically looking for a boat headed to the crusher. They are not advertised anywhere.

Best I can recommend is finding an o’day users group online and see if they can point you to a source.
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SS specialty fabricators can be found who can do this in place.
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SS specialty fabricators can be found who can do this in place.
I've been trying. Apparently there are not people that actually want to do this work. I'm in Sarasota, Fl if anyone has recommendations I'd love it.
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Re: Bow pulpit issue

I am in the same boat (sorry) except I have an O'day 40. My bow rail has been bent and repaired more than once, and I believe the metal is too fatigued to be repaired again. There is a place I found in California Railmakers Inc. that quoted $2500 plus $300 shipping to NY.

That actually sounds reasonable after a few days of fruitless searching.

They actually were a supplier for O'day and have some of the drawings for
O'day bow rails although they said they didnt have mine but could make it anyway.

I hope others may have some ideas maybe on east coast where they have had success with a stainless fabricator..


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Re: Bow pulpit issue

Rig,
Go on line and find a SS fabricator in your area. I had obe come to my boat with a portable mini-TIG in a briefcase sized box. He cut, modified and welded in place along with polish. Less than two hundred for a pulpit job.

Likely any whole assembly you buy will need modification too.

Most storage ang full service marinas will have plenty os SS scraptubing from other refits.
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Go on line and find a SS fabricator in your area. I had obe come to my boat with a portable mini-TIG in a briefcase sized box. He cut, modified and welded in place along with polish. Less than two hundred for a pulpit job.

Likely any whole assembly you buy will need modification too.

Most storage ang full service marinas will have plenty os SS scraptubing from other refits.
I've been trying to find a fabricator. Apparently I'm not a big enough fish in Sarasota because I can't even get an estimate. It's very frustrating.
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I've been trying to find a fabricator. Apparently I'm not a big enough fish in Sarasota because I can't even get an estimate. It's very frustrating.
In Martinique one must deliver the boat to the yard. In Cariacou he floats in the lagoon. Pick him up with your dinghy. Alternately, tie along side.

You may need to widen your search area.
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When I hear, "It really can't be fixed" I wonder. Are you sure? I think of hydraulic jacks, bits of chain, strongbacks, heating torches, hacksaws, and a big dose of ingenuity. Can you send pictures?
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Re: Bow pulpit issue

A good welder can do amazing things with tubing. I had pieces of tubing added to extend my pulpits and can't tell where it was done. If it's not totally pretzeled, the bent parts could be cut out and replaced.
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I am in the same boat (sorry) except I have an O'day 40. My bow rail has been bent and repaired more than once, and I believe the metal is too fatigued to be repaired again. There is a place I found in California Railmakers Inc. that quoted $2500 plus $300 shipping to NY.



That actually sounds reasonable after a few days of fruitless searching.



They actually were a supplier for O'day and have some of the drawings for

O'day bow rails although they said they didnt have mine but could make it anyway.



I hope others may have some ideas maybe on east coast where they have had success with a stainless fabricator..





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Railmakers made a new stainless radar arch extension that had folded up in a strong windstorm with an unsupported canvas Bimini attached. I picked it up and it slid right into place like the original. Not sure how they duplicated all the subtle bends to have it fit perfectly without ever seeing the boat?
Too bad the shipping for you is involved, my boat is in Dana Point
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Re: Bow pulpit issue

A good fabricator should be able to remove a badly bent part or two and replace it. If you are in New York, think of marine centers like Annapolis, or the NE boat communities. No point in having something like that made way over in California!
Finding one to so it "in place" you'd have to be super lucky. Find some place, get it off the boat and take it by. You need a fabricator that does TIG welding in SS.
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I am in the same boat (sorry) except I have an O'day 40. My bow rail has been bent and repaired more than once, and I believe the metal is too fatigued to be repaired again. There is a place I found in California Railmakers Inc. that quoted $2500 plus $300 shipping to NY.



That actually sounds reasonable after a few days of fruitless searching.



They actually were a supplier for O'day and have some of the drawings for

O'day bow rails although they said they didnt have mine but could make it anyway.



I hope others may have some ideas maybe on east coast where they have had success with a stainless fabricator..





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Railmakers made a new stainless radar arch extension that had folded up in a strong windstorm with an unsupported canvas Bimini attached. I picked it up and it slid right into place like the original. Not sure how they duplicated all the subtle bends to have it fit perfectly without ever seeing the boat?
Too bad the shipping for you is involved, my boat is in Dana Point
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I had a new bow pulpit fabricated in Fort Pierce for $1500. Not a big deal except it took four months for them to get around to the job.
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Rudy at D and R marine quoted me $1350 for an exactly stock rail from a maine source with drawings. Hes a good guy for anything Oday or Pearson.
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