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CONQUEST 23: Adding Bow Pulpit
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posted 12-23-2006 08:41 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 12-23-2006 10:13 PM ET (US)
Wil - I would be more concerned about the bow rail reconfiguration then the installation.
Sorry about the quality of the pictures but the boat is covered up and it's 10:00pm.
posted 12-23-2006 10:15 PM ET (US)
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posted 12-26-2006 07:58 PM ET (US)
The dealer has a stainless steel shop that is experienced in reworking my bow rail, extending it out to cover the pulpit.
posted 12-26-2006 08:36 PM ET (US)
Post some photos when you get it done-I want to do the same to a 21 foot Conquest.
posted 12-28-2006 02:32 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-01-2007 12:11 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-01-2007 01:36 PM ET (US)
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!
posted 01-02-2007 07:18 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-03-2007 01:05 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-25-2007 08:47 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-25-2007 09:09 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-25-2007 11:22 PM ET (US)
[Moved to POST-CLASSIC discussion.]
posted 01-26-2007 03:16 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-27-2007 11:59 AM ET (US)
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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