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Bow pulpit integrated bow roller

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  1. My Affair

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    1988 46 Post- my factory pulpit has a built in bow roller- how is that pin that holds the roller secured, mine is sloppy, moves forward and after about 1/4 inch and gelcoat is chipping? Anyone replaced it? I have a delta 44 lbs anchor... thanks
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    Here is a photo of it 30432342-5791-44B4-8BEF-FDB2C62052C3.png
  3. Capt Ralph

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    It looks like the roller pin is riding in the glass.
    We need to make a bushing for the pin and lay that in the glass.
    Wish you were close. Here in the swamp, we custom make these lil thingies in the shop while enjoying hospitality.
    New still close by, Lots of hospitality been flowing lately. I'm even getting more stuff done on our own boat..

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  4. My Affair

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    Any idea how I could source a bushing? Also, after that would I dremel out and re-secure that in epoxy? What or how would that be held?
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    Source?
    Were red-necks, we make our lil things. If you were a customer that wanted it rite and had bux, Then we source.
    If you have the ability and don't mind risking a finger or two, than we make.
    Making it your self ads pride to your ship and usually last longer. A little red on the deck ads to the racing stripes.

    Give me a minute to get a fresh clear refreshment and I'll type up some ideas.
    In the mean time, all else can still offer ideas.

    What size is the pin?
    Would you be heading thru Florida anytime soon?
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    Am I missing something? 6 phillips screws undoubtedly into anchors, a roller and pin from any trailer shop and you're done. It's probably expanded the groove over the past 30 year so a slightly larger pin or better still a piece of aluminum tubing for the pin to ride in. If the screws are into the wood not anchors be sure to caulk. For the fiberglass chips a tube of Quick Fix.
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    You don't see the pin is always going to ride in the glass. Aluminum tube will wear quickly against the pin because of the load and abuse it will take.
    When the aluminum tubing is just sitting, the scored alloy will just weather and dissolve.
    Trailer pins are usually galvanized or zink coated. They are to large and wont last either.
    Remember, this roller has to roll easy and take the ships load on the rode.
    AND, to avoid any slop to keep the pulley off the inside glass any more, it has to be tight and captured under those screwed down caps.

    I'm trying to find some cheap silicon brass stock or who makes the hardest brass plumbing fittings now.
    Brain cells are rolling, my fast ones are working well as always. Just wish I had more fast brain cells left.
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    Next question to the OP; Do you have a drill press or have a friend/neighbor with a small drill press.
    First easy idea is to buy a solid brass male plug and drill a hole the size of the pins. Hand drill will not make it.
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    What about having some tabs welded to those caps to make an L shaped bracket, large enough to house a 3/8 bolt that the wheel can ride on?
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    Thanks..
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    3/8 ?? Is that the size of the pins or thru axle of the pulley? I have no specs yet.
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    Over think? Over complicating?
    I'm just trying to find some simple hardware ideas for the pins to squarely ride in.
    At the beginning, I mentioned easy DIY bushings that I hoped would help. Not a ship pile of hardware & labor.

    Let me know if you want me to pursue my ideas.
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    I've taken mine out to replace the roller. The pin is sitting in a notch on both sides. The plate just keeps it in place. The roller spins, not the pin, typically. Maybe wrapping the ends of the pin with a rubber tape or something just to make it big enough to wedge into the groove? The top plate should keep it in place. I would try a simple fix first. The pin just holds the roller. Good luck.
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    A lot of damage under those plates and in the channel that the pin is supposed to be in, I need to repair that with some glass and epoxy. Every time the anchor is pulled up, it’s going to to stress that area over and over, we anchor a lot! So, I think it best to replace the roller assembly with something in stainless, thanks for everyone’s help!
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    Perhaps some plain old copper tubing of some size may help and come into to play to fit over the existing pin/axel and expoxy or Marine -Tex or Five thousand two hundred or....o_O You got it Postman! Get er done.