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Adding Bow Pulpit
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posted 06-14-2006 10:02 PM ET (US)
Has anyone retrofitted a bow pulpit onto a 21 foot Conquest that didn't originally come with one? I'd also like to cut an opening in the bow railing to permit easier boarding from the bow.
posted 06-16-2006 10:39 PM ET (US)
The bow pulpit has it's disadvantages...you have to watch how deep the trailer is submerged or the bottom of pulpit can hit winch stand. Also, pulling into a dock it adds to your overall length and tends to get in the way of other boats. Cutting the bow rail sounds a bit extreme...it's pretty high off the ground on the trailer...I think you would have a difficult time climbing up, Overall length will also require a 23 foot long mooring cover.
posted 06-17-2006 07:33 AM ET (US)
This Conquest is used in an area where you have to dock bow-to most of the time, rather than tie up alongside the dock. Trailering is not an issue-it's put in by crane. It's hard to get on board over the bow railing. I've seen other boats in the area that have an opening in the bow railing, with a low cross bar that is easy to step over. Then there is a cable on the top of the railing "entrance" with a spring hook, so that it can be unhitched to permit entrance, yet provides a degree of safety when underway. I haven't seen any Whalers in that configuration though.
posted 06-17-2006 03:25 PM ET (US)
On my 1991 21' Walkaround the bow pulpit is actually part of the upper structure. I don't know if this was the case with the 21' Conquest or not.
The classic Outrages/Revenges offered an optional factory installed teak bow pulpit that was simply bolted to the bow. Many forum members have fabricated and installed teak bow pulpits on their Outrages/Revenges. I don't see why this couldn't be done on a 21' Conquest unless the anchor locker in in the way.
posted 06-17-2006 04:44 PM ET (US)
I understand the dock situation...I was offered a similar slip with no side dock and decided neither safe nor practical for the children.
You could try the teak addition Backlash mentions. However, the anchor cover locker does cover a wide area of the focsle for mounting hardware.
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