Port and starboard bulwarks

  • Thinking about designs for the stanchions
  • Stanchions taking shape
  • Stanchions glued up
  • Final touches to the stanchions
  • Final touches to the stanchions
  • Setting a stanchion in place

Once the counter bulwarks are in place, it's time to think about replacements for the port and starboard sides, and the capping rail.

After careful measuring, a stock of iroko is purchased from Thorogoods, sufficient for the new bulwarks as well as the capping rail. It's all sticked up ready, beside the tent . . . but what's the best way to secure the new bulwarks to the deck?

After much discussion, with various people, and several mock-ups and drawings, Steve starts production of 14 stanchions to sit neatly beneath the capping rail.

Making the stanchions takes quite a while, and was interrupted by a few days out sailing with the OGA for the August Cruise. Bev sailed with James on 'Kestrel' for the whole week, and Steve spent most days working, joining the fleet for evening events ashore . . . It was great to welcome a crowd of gaffers at the tent on 22 August though, even though she's not in the water, we kept our promise of beers a-plenty!

Bending on the iroko for the bulwarks went well, and by the beginning of September the deck was looking pretty shipshape - just needing the capping rail and enough good weather into the Autumn to allow us time to paint and varnish ready for winter.

  • Gaffers arrive to check on progress!
  • A stanchion in place
  • Making a section of the bulwarks
  • A coat of varnish before fixing the bulwarks
  • Cutting the bulwarks to fit the fairleads
  • Light coating of varnish

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