Today I tackled one of the last remaining removal projects on Little Bear – Removing the Sampson posts. These posts are more than just a cosmetic structure. They have a practical purpose. They have an important purpose.
Unfortunately, they are quite rotten. The rot is all above the deck. I believe the seal around the posts was quite good as no moisture wicked into the core of the deck. The rot looks like it started around the through bolt that ran through the bowsprit. Whatever caused it is really irrelevant. The posts must be replaced. I will be replacing the bowsprit in the future but before I do I need to get the posts done.
Here is the vid where I wrestle with the posts and get them out:
Fair winds, following seas, and God bless!