|Well, at last, I can make the bowsprit! I have been thinking about possible methods to construct this absolutely necessary appendage. ( i.e. Titanic movie lol! ) Originally it was going to be very narrow but this would create problems with the anchor roller assembly and access to it. The anchors, because of their oversize dimensions, would never be able to fit through it or it would need to be 4 feet wide.|
2" pipe, First bend at 90º
|To be honest, I didn't know exactly how
wide it would be but I was aiming for 24" when, in fact it came to about
28". The anchor roller assembly is fairly high so the sprit must clear
it, higher than the bulwark height. The 2" pipe must be welded on to the
top side of the bulwarks and a jut upward in the pipe seemed logical.
I then realized that this would be difficult to achieve with the bender and would result in a twisted mess of ugliness. One bend can't be inside the rollers on the bender when bending another or it will straighten out, or worse, break the pipe.
Bent into 2 angles
|The only solution was to make one bend
serve as two bends. A 45º bend in relation to the deck was in order! The
forward edge of the pipe turns 90º to meet in the center with the
opposite pipe. That is the angle I started with. The top photo shows the
45º being bent in the inset. It was eyed in so probably closer to 35º
but it looked like the right angle to bring into the hull which is
angled out as well.
The photo to left shows the pipe bent twice. The tricky part was to duplicate this as a mirror image.
|All that needs to be done now is mounts for the little floor, a hoop for a stay, and stanchion mounts attached. The first thought on the angle of the stanchions was to make them the same as the bow but this would make them out of reach hehe. They will have some forward angle to avoid them looking backward, but not sure how much yet. The tree next to the sprit will need to be removed eventually as it is being a major pain now.|
| The hardest part was trying
to see the angle the sprit went up. Our yard drops off like a hill and the
other view is completely obscured by trees. I hope it's good!
Gena continued with the boring job of grinding. She's such a sport letting me have all the fun!
9 hours - Made bow sprit frame, smoothed more hull welds