Toe Rail & Bow Platform Installed
Both the toe rail and bow platform have been adhered, fastened, fiberglassed and faired. They are now permanent parts of the boat and I’m quite happy with the results. The final decision to use the teak toe rail and bow platform that came with the boat, required a fair amount of planning and research.
Originally, I had been planning to install bulwarks for their added safety at sea. However, I finally came to the conclusion that using the existing toe rail would be simplest. Not only would I save the original teak toe rail, but I also like the look of toe rails on the B27. Further, I would save money on buying all the fittings and new teak that would go along with a bulwark. You can find all of my bulwark research at the Bulwark Project Page.
Regarding the bow platform, originally I had planned on adding a bowsprit, but decided against this modification when I determined to keep the B27 rigged as a Sloop. Previously, I was considering converting to a Scutter Rig, which would require a bowsprit instead of a platform. However, I decided against a Scutter Rig, because it would be simpler to use the existing Sloop Rig and cheaper as well. I’ll likely go into more detail about why I made this decision in a later post.
If you’re interested in reading more about these two projects, you can do so at the following project pages: