Bow Pulpit Crack in Stainless Steel Tubing 26M

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Bow Pulpit Crack in Stainless Steel Tubing 26M

Post by MinnMac » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:03 pm

My 2006 Mac has a 4 inch vertical crack on one side of the bow pulpit tubes. It is about 1/4 inch thick, and the tubing of course is now bigger in diameter over this area. Have no idea how it happened, as it was like that when I purchased the boat from the boat yard. Don't want to spend $460 from BWY to purchase a new bow pulpit. Any ideas of how to fix this? I thought of using stainless hose clamps, then wrapping them in fiberglass tape to cover the sharp edges. It is on one of the vertical tubes that connects to the deck about 1/3 of the way up the tube. Of course I am worried about this being a "weak link" in the bow pulpit, and if I could splint it with some sort of pipe patch that would help, just not sure how. Thanks.

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Re: Bow Pulpit Crack in Stainless Steel Tubing 26M

Post by NiceAft » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:11 pm

Once you decide your course of repair, how confident will you be with leaning on the pulpit, or with with anyone exerting pressure on the pulpit? I understand about not wanting to spend boat bucks for something that always is expected to not fail. A new pulpit might give peace of mind that a repair might never produce. How much is that worth?

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Re: Bow Pulpit Crack in Stainless Steel Tubing 26M

Post by Cougar » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:58 am

I figure it would cost less to have a new piece of tubing welded in professionally than replacing the entire pulpit.

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Re: Bow Pulpit Crack in Stainless Steel Tubing 26M

Post by kmclemore » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:24 am

The welded in repair may be stronger than the original tubing if done properly.

I’m curating the second restoration of a 1958 Turner 950 sports car that I once restored as a youth. Through several owners subsequent to me the frame became badly damaged in accidents. The restoration shop ended up having to cut off part of the main long tubes and replace them with new. They machined a sleeve tube to fit tightly inside the original and replacement tubes, welded that in place, and then welded the new tube to the old one with a butt joint. It’s now far stronger than the original at that join.

Recent frame repair:

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Showing off the restored car, age 22 (that’s me in the cap)...

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As found, 2019 (at my age, 63)...

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Re: Bow Pulpit Crack in Stainless Steel Tubing 26M

Post by Don T » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:43 pm

Hello,
I would straighten the tube and tig weld the crack unless it cracked for imperfection reasons then I would do as kmclemore suggests. You will find that the life line and pulpit stanchions already have the next size smaller tube welded to the plates inside going up about 6"~8."

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Re: Bow Pulpit Crack in Stainless Steel Tubing 26M

Post by BOAT » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:28 am

i wish i knew how to weld . . . :( :(

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Re: Bow Pulpit Crack in Stainless Steel Tubing 26M

Post by MinnMac » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:31 pm

Thanks for the advice! I contacted an excellent welder I know and he will do the job for me as soon as the snow melts. I'll post before and after picts when it's done. I agree, should be stronger than the original!

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