Just aft of the stem a bronze plate is attached to the bow with 6 ea. 1/2 inch machine screws. The sampson post / sprit heal will be shimed and faired so the bowsprit will set at the correct angle.
The new Muir windlass will install a foot further forward than the ABI manual footprint.
The gamon iron is not installed. The anchor roller cheeks are slotted to fit on the plate fixing the angle so both anchors look down but stow without touching the hull.
Rollers and gammon iron.
Bowsprit heal installed on butt end. Dimensions are 5 inch by 5 inch to just past rollers then 4 7/8 inch diameter tapering to 3 3/4. The length is 12 ft 10 in overall; 8 ft 10 inches from forestay on gammon iron bail to headstay at cranze iron.
Sea Star is Bristol Channel Cutter Hull no 76 built by Sam L Morse Shipyard in 1987. On September 13th, 2008 Hurricane Ike hit Galveston Texas damaging many of the boats in the Galveston Yacht Basin. Because I had her grossly under insured the insurance company declared her a total loss, paid me the full insured value and gave me 30 days to buy the wreck or turn over the title. Having just retired I decided to restore her and bring her back with a traditional gaff rig as Lyle Hess originally drew her. This blog is meant to document the restoration and solicit constructive critisism from other BCC and traditional pilot cutter sailors and builders.