This is the "platform" portion and the construction is 316 stainless steel using 2 and 1.5 inch heavy gauge tubing with 1/2 and 1/4 inch plate.
|View from above|
The forward attachments are via two "straps" of 1/4 plate, bent and shaped to fit over the edge of the bulwark. These are fastened to the bulwarks using 6 ( 3 each side) 1/2-inch flathead socket cap screws threaded into 1/4-inch thick backing plates (glued in behind the bulwark).
The glued in backing plates keeps the tradition of one-person-one-tool unfastening and removal. But actual removal will require mechanical assistance, like a forklift, due to the weight of the structure.
The straps serve other functions as well. Atop the straps are welded a pair of stainless chainstoppers that will handle up to 3/8-inch chain. It is through these that the anchor rode(s) will lead from the (future) windlass through rollers and over the side. The straps also act as rubstrakes so the chain does not chafe the caprail.
|Straps and chain stoppers|
|Chain stopper, 'stopping' some sample chain|
|View from underside|
|Material planned for "filling the floor" of the pulpit|
Next for the pulpit is fashioning/fitting the bobstay. A fairly straightforward project.