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June 1, 2006

How (not) to install your own radar arch

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Last summer I took off the radar arch on the boat because the supports were getting pretty rotted. I remember when I bought the boat that the previous owner said every couple of years the arch needed to be taken down and new 2×2’s needed to be installed. That’s probably not true normally, but seeing the job they had done in the past on the supports I can see why they thought they needed to.

When I took the arch off I gave a moment of thought to how to put it back on again, but then in true “me” style I just disregarded the problem and assumed I’d come up with some way of getting it back on. This, of course, turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought it might be. It’s not that the arch is neccessarilly heavy or anything it’s more that it’s too wide and ballancing something like that is a bit too difficult for one person to do. Since I took it down by myself, however, I was bound and determined to put it back up by myself too. I came up with what I thought might allow me to do this. It was kind of a pulley type system using quite a few 2×4’s, bolts, heavy duty rope, etc. This failed miserably. I took a whole week to plan my next attack on the arch.

The next design I came up with was far simpler and used less hardware and wood. It was a little gangly at first until I made a few adjustments, then it went pretty smoothly. I was able to lift the arch, pull it into place, and have it fully supported while I drilled the holes through the wood and mounted the arch onto the boat. Here two pictures – one of the arch on the support and one of the arch fully attached to the boat.

On the support


No support


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