Thanks for the reply. It helped a lot. I really hadn’t thought about the bulwark strips not being from straight boards and bent into shape. Back to the drawing board.
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Subject: [BCC Forum Post] Douglas: Re: Bulwarks Rot
Subject: Re: Bulwarks Rot
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Hi Doug, I have had to repair some rot in my Hondo hull-deck coverboards under the vertical 2 x 2 bulwark stansions. This repair can be viewed on the Anderson Boatworks web site, www.andersonboatworks.com , look under “photos”, “Calliste” .
After the Asian Tsunami, and flush with the insurance money, I had all the coverboards and bulwarks including the taffrail replaced with Teak. It was NO small project, but I am partially happy with the results.
Mike Anderson, when he was making the rot repairs, suggested switching to bronze bulwarks stansions, and he suggested that we fill the inboard rounded edge gap between the two horizontal boards and the bulwarks cap strip. This would make it easier to paint, he said, and I found he was right with both suggestions.
Those horizontal 2 1/2" bulwarks strips are not straight then bent into shape, they instead are cut in the needed curves from wider stock.
The 1/16 th inch less in thickness, (3/4" vs 13/16") probably won’t make much strength difference or even look much different, and yes we know that 3/4" stock is much more available as a industry standard size, But, the thicker stock gives a chance for greater screw cover bung thickness, which means less bung fall-out as the years pass.
Good Luck, expect it to take a lot of time, and hopefully your boat will be on the hardstand so that you can work at chest level .