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Wil Sumner posted 12-23-2006 08:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for Wil Sumner   Send Email to Wil Sumner  
I purchased a 2001 CONQUEST 23, and it came without a bow pulpit. I ordered one from a local Boston Whaler dealer. Boston Whaler made one and sent it to my Boston Whaler dealer. The local Boston Whaler dealer has no idea how to install the pulpit, so they gave to me to figure out how to install it. [Can you provide me with] any help [with the proper procedure to install a bow pulpit on a Boston Whaler CONQUEST 23]?

The bottom back portion of the pulpit is not flat, but has a raised 2 X 2 portion running lengthwise from where the anchor chain slot goes into the anchor well, to the section where the bow fits into the pulpit. Obviously either this raised section must be cut off and made flush, or the boat must be cut to receive the raised section.

Any Ideas??

Bella con23 posted 12-23-2006 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
Wil - I would be more concerned about the bow rail reconfiguration then the installation.¤t=DSCN1363_3_1.jpg

Sorry about the quality of the pictures but the boat is covered up and it's 10:00pm.


Bella con23 posted 12-23-2006 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
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Wil Sumner posted 12-26-2006 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wil Sumner  Send Email to Wil Sumner     
The dealer has a stainless steel shop that is experienced in reworking my bow rail, extending it out to cover the pulpit.


tesija posted 12-26-2006 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for tesija  Send Email to tesija     
Post some photos when you get it done-I want to do the same to a 21 foot Conquest.
Mambo Minnow posted 12-28-2006 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
As owner of 21 with the pulpit, I would reconsider attaching one. It complicates trailer recovery and makes docking nose into a berth more difficult. It's usefulness anchoring has not been so superior that it offsets the disadvantages noted. My next boat will not have one unless it's permanently docked in water or rack stored.
David Pendleton posted 01-01-2007 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
If you trailer this boat regularly, as I do, I have to agree with Mambo Minnow.

For five seasons, I put up with the anchor and/or pulpit getting hung up on the winch stand of my trailer. What a [pain]!

I finally replaced the winch stand with a shorter one and that has solved the problem.

The pulpit is handy for a few things. It keeps the anchor out of the locker, away from the hull and in the case of my Delta, secured via the pin.

Mambo Minnow posted 01-01-2007 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
David, I'd like to see your new winchstand. Any pictures appreciated.

I have found the sweet spot on launching my trailer, but I'd like to avoid on steep ramps any further issues with the pulpit. I trailer mine mostly, too.

I rarely store my Danforth on the pulpit, primarily because I don't trust it remaining there in a chop and the anchor rode (chain) banging the deck fiberglass. I'd appreciate any further feedback on how you deal with these issues.

Happy New Year!

frmontoya posted 01-02-2007 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for frmontoya  Send Email to frmontoya     
I agree with Dave and Mambo. I also have a 23 ft. Conquest with a pulpit and frankly it is a "pain" to retrieve at the end of a long day of fishing. In addition, I don't do that much anchoring, so why have the added feature? Dave could you send me pictures as well, I am thinking about a new trailer with a shorter winch stand.
David Pendleton posted 01-03-2007 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
My boat and trailer are shrink-wrapped right now, so a picture would be tough. Here are some details, though.

My trailer is an EZ Loader. It was spec'd and ordered by my dealer (worst Whaler dealer in history, btw). The winch stand as ordered was 40". I replaced it two years ago with a 32" inch version and that solved the problem.

The winch and other hardware transferred without modification, so the installation was a snap.

I could have cut the original down to size fairly easily, and I'm still not sure why I didn't. I've seen some trailers where the winch stand is welded to the trailer frame. I would think cutting would be your only option there.

Here's a link to the EZ Loader parts site with pictures.

Bottom line is: contact your manufacturer.

sflnative posted 01-25-2007 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for sflnative  Send Email to sflnative     
I have a 1999 23 Conquest with twin 135 OptiMax motors. I'd like to store the anchor on the roller, and avoid banging it all around in the locker on the fore side of the cabin wall, but I can't seem to get the danforth anchor to store tightly and correctly in the roller/pulpit. Should I buy a Delta one-piece anchor, deal with the loose fit, or just keep storing the whole kit-n-kaboodle in the locker? I don't often have the pulpit interfering with the loading, only sometimes on a really steep ramp. I ordered a Continental aluminum bunk trailer and gave them the boat make/model.
Treypescatorie posted 01-25-2007 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
I have a 21 conquest. I think it is the same pulpit. You can drill a hole in the anchor shaft and use the removable pin on the roller guide to go through the anchor shaft. Or you can make or buy a bungee cord that attaches to the railing and clips to the anchor chain to keep it tight.


jimh posted 01-25-2007 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Moved to POST-CLASSIC discussion.]
BW23 posted 01-26-2007 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
I owned a 23 Con with a pulpit. You'll likely have to cut a hole in the anchor locker for an access / inspection plate.

FWIW, I snubbed my anchor tight with a doubled piece of 1/2" bungie cord to the bow cleat.

sflnative posted 01-27-2007 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for sflnative  Send Email to sflnative     
Thanks for the good idea about drilling a hole in the shank for the pin. It worked pretty well, and it saves $140 from buying a new Delta anchor. I wrapped the chain around to keep it in the Windline stainless channel so it wouldn't bang/mark up the 'glass. Hope the pulpit withstands the vibration, but heck, it's a whaler eh?! Can't wait until the wind lays down again!

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