- first launching -
At first I had only 1 set of rowlocks establishing one rowing position.
Later I decided to use rowlocks to support a sunshade, insead of a more flimsy standard folding bimini.
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Forward home-made rowlock - Aft home-made rowlock
They are epoxied down and securd with back boards and substantial screws from beneath.
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The lower ends of the bent steel rod supports have a hole drilled through them
for a cotter pin to fit through to keep them from being accidentally pulled out.
I found that with a loop of rope one can use them as thole pins for rowing.
When we were hit with a squall these supports were grabbed to keep one in the boat.
Sailing downwind with the - robust bimini - shade.
The top has 2 layers. The blue tarp on top is not shaped, just deployed as I got it from the store.
The under layer, which is more shaped was a good enough sunshade, but was not waterproof.
Close up detail of deployed - robust bimini - shade.
Note the 3 sets of rowlocks.
The yellow supports are made of half inch diameter steel rod.
The rod was bent into something that looks like a huge staple.
(I used a welding torch to heat it to red hot to make the bending much easier.)
Half-inch washers were welded on for possible points of attachment.
Looking aft, showing the underside of the - robust bimini.
Dave H. at the helm. Photo taken in the ICW just north of Corpus Christi, Texas.
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