for the input so far, folks.
Windchill - I have looked in the West Marine catalogue - which posts did you go for?
Geoff - thanks for the links - I will have to try that manouvre out
Garygee - I had thought of something slightly lighter than scaffold poles but I take your point about the forces involved. The idea of waste pipe as rollers has also occured to me - I've seen yachties use foam lagging but it don't last long.
Any further thoughts/comments would be appreciated before I start bending pipework