I have been working in my bowsprit
. The fiberglass work
under the sprit is proceeding nicely. However, since the teak
cap on the mahogony sprit was cracked in several places, I decided to remove the cap myself, then hire a woodworker to set a new cap in place. He is to cut holes in the teak
cap to match the existing holes in the mahogony for the Sampson post towards the aft end of the sprit and cut holes for the windlass
in the middle section of the sprit. When I took the cap off, a couple of problems became apparent. First, there are several holes that are just there and I am not sure what their purpose was. However, the main issue is the starboard forward hole for the windlass
. (not the neat circular chain hole that is just aft). The starboard forward hole is large -- clearly there was an issue here, for the wood was rotten and decayed. In fact there is a "rivulet" of decay that runs right to that hole. To make matters a little worse, the hole is not uniform through the wood -- the rot
flares out like a bell near the bottom of the hole. Most of the really bad wood fell out during the removal
of the cap and I did remove a little more of the loose punky stuff.
My questions are these:
1. Should I leave the regular smaller consistent holes alone and let the fiberglass
seal the holes from the bottom and the teak cap seal the holes from the top? Or should I put something in the holes themselves?
2. How do I fix the larger starboard forward hole? That is where one of the bolts from the windlass is anchored, thus the hole has to be made smaller so I can get a bolt through to the chain locker in the V -Berth.