Bow Sprit & Samson Post

A close inspection revealed that the Samson post had several small ‘rot’ holes and should be removed and repaired. Likewise the bow sprit. The shipwright also determined that the inner fore stay mounting point should be repositioned further outboard on the bow sprit.

Samson post after removal of anchor winch, Reavealing damage
Samson post after removal of anchor winch, Revealing damage

The anchor winch, bow sprit, and Samson post were removed from the boat.
No suitable timber for a new Samson post could be found so a steel cover was made to completely cover the original wood.

Old Samson post fully removed
Old Samson post fully removed

A 10mm steel cover was manufactured and then galvanised and painted. The wooden post was covered in tar and then slid into the steel cover and bolted in place.

Refurbished wooden Samson post inserted into a new steel sleeve
Refurbished wooden Samson post inserted into a new steel sleeve

The Samson post was de-laminated, any rot found was removed and new timber scarfed in. The post was then re built, sanded and sealed. All attachments were sand blasted and galvanised before painting.
A new connection point between the bow sprit and the Samson post was incorporated in the design.
All the refurbished components were then relocated on the vessel and fastened in to the stem and hull.

Newly installed bow sprit and whiskers
Newly installed bow sprit and whiskers

A solid stainless steel towing rod was mounted through the Samson post and secured in place.
New bob-stay chain and fastenings and new whisker chains and bottle screws were also installed.

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