Re: Bow locker floors/hawse pipe replacement project recap
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You can buy fibreglass exhaust and better IMO, heavier walled shaft log and rudder post tubing in various sizes, I am thinking of using the latter after figuring out a way to install some replaceable plastic (probably Delrin/Acetal) bushings. I will definitely glass the tubing in at both ends so that it becomes a structural part of the boat as was down originally on my boat. I like the idea of a strong compression member above the floor of the chain locker floor in case the chain ever somehow balled up and jammed which could generate a lot of force! So far the original work (bow locker floor and the chain pipe) on my boat is still fine after 31 years so I think that the selection of the galvanized pipe was a pretty good choice. Stainless pipe being more noble and of substantial mass would make a less favourable couple with the chain causing corrosion to occur sooner unfortunately.
We will be in Sardinia pretty soon as well, have a nice sail over and who knows maybe we will cross paths!
SV Sueno, Maramu #220
Arbatax, Sardinia, Italy