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Bow Sprit

May 7, 2011
176
Catalina 30 3573 Lake Norman
Crazy idea, if your forestay is too long to anchor to a cleat: You might be able to make a temporary bowsprit from plywood and swap that in for a few days.
You should be able to pad it well and lash the track to the pulpit to hang away from the side of the bow.
 
May 7, 2011
176
Catalina 30 3573 Lake Norman
I used Cetol on my bow sprit and a few other places. Put it on about four years ago. I might need to do a few touch up places this spring, but it's held up really well. I plan on doing some other brightwork this spring, and will use it again.
I went the cetol route after stripping all the hard high gloss varnish the PO used.
Also on places below. Besides the dull, opaque “paint look” the finish isn’t for any location that gets any abrasion. Even on the hanging locker trim, anything that rubs over the edge wears off cetol. I’m pretty much done with using that stuff on anything outside or anywhere else. I’d rather oil more often.
 

Jac123

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Apr 19, 2019
42
Catalina 30 Forked River
I used Cetol on my bow sprit and a few other places. Put it on about four years ago. I might need to do a few touch up places this spring, but it's held up really well. I plan on doing some other brightwork this spring, and will use it again.
Dwcory, I have some cetol left after using it on cockpit wood and was wondering if it would hold up on bowsprit so I was glad to see your post.
Did you strip the bowsprit to bare wood-how many coats did you apply
 
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Sep 22, 2018
37
Catalina 30 Bristol RI
Yes I did strip it down to raw wood. Scraped and sanded it. I was only able to get two coats on it because of the weather and travel distance to the boat. Hoping I will be able to add at least one more coat to it after it's in the water.
 

dwcory

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Nov 27, 2013
9
Catalina 30 Salem, MA
I believe I did two coats of Cetol on the sprit (and everything else). Need to revitalize some of it this year....
 
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Jul 1, 1998
3,038
Hunter Legend 35 Poulsbo/Semiahmoo WA
Okay, can't take it anymore! Read the whole thread and it seems like a lot of work. Ready for "Plan B"?

Cover it in fiberglass and gel coat then spend the time saved every year by going sailing.
 
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