5.09.2009

Sampson Post Repair - Westsail 32





I was poking around the Sampson Posts on Mary Rose V the other day and decided it was time to restore the finish on them. It looked like the previous owner had done a very good job protecting them with multiple layers of Captain's Varnish. Cutting the tops of them off of the Sampson Posts and placing caps on the end grain had also been on my project list for some time now and this seemed like a good time to take care of this item on the project list. I had just found a beautiful piece of Bloodwood that would make a very nice contrasting color for the end grain caps on the Sampson Posts. I plan on using the remaining Bloodwood for blocking at the base of the mast compression post. While I was poking around I noticed a small plug of epoxy inboard, near the bottom of the port Sampson Post. As I poked it became loose and I was able to pull it out and was startled when my screw driver went completely through the post. YES, IT WAS TIME TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE PORT SAMPSON POST! When we bought Mary Rose we received one hull and enough spare parts to build three boats. Thank you Larry!!!!!!!!!!!! As luck would have it, the spare parts included a Sampson Post!!!!!!!!!!! All I had to do was drill the holes in the correct spot and install it. I pulled the rode and chain from both lockers and began the process of

removing all of the fasteners so that the post could be extracted. I used my Fienmaster Multi Tool to trim and square up the hole through the deck. The rot in the Sampson Post seems to have also allowed a small amount of the plywood in the foredeck to rot as well. I mixed and thickened some West System Epoxy and injected it into the space through the hole for the Sampson Post with a 60 ML catheter tip syringe. I then used a heat gun to get the epoxy to rapid set so I could install the post. I drilled the new Sampson Post and then gave it a test fit. This is where I found out that I had missed one of the marks for the main hole that attaches both posts to the Stainless Steel Bow Sprit. I simply filled the hole with epoxy and re drilled it after the epoxy set up and it worked fine. I bolted the new post in place and then sealed up the hole in the deck with some two part epoxy putty. The next day I used Teak Decking System SIS 440 to reseal the teak decking to the Sampson post. The final step in the process was a complete finish application of The HONEY TEAK System from Signature Finish. The Honey Teak System is a two step, catalyzed acrylic urethane enamel coating that really delivers on performance in tropical climates. You can read more about Honey Teak at http://www.signaturefinish.com/index.php?topic=Home We are in the process of removing all of the other old finishes and replacing them with Honey Teak. The Sampson Posts were the first items complete. I did give the Sampson Posts a couple of coats before sealing the deck so there would be overlapping protection. The Sampson Post replacement was NOT on our list but it was not a big challenge. Much less difficult than I would have imagined.

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