running bowsprit

  • February 17, 2015 1:52 PM
    Message # 3228214

    I have some rot in my laminated bowsprit and I will need to pull it in order to repair. Since I have to remove it anyway, I've dreamt of changing the arrangement to a running bowsprit. This would be advantageous in a number of ways, maintainability, storage fees, etc.

    This is what I'm thinking:

    This would involve replacing the forestay chainplate and adjusting the current location of sampson posts and windlass.

    Any thoughts or warnings on this idea?

    Last modified: February 18, 2015 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • February 18, 2015 9:38 AM
    Reply # 3228823 on 3228214

    I tried looking at Sandeman but couldn't find the running sprit ,but I think I know what you are talking about . IMO for me if I were to do something like that I would hinge the sprit so it just folds up . Plus it would be a lot of work to make and a lot of work to rig when you go sailing . However if it's your dream ...... But really I'm thinking nightmare .

    Last modified: February 18, 2015 9:44 AM | Anonymous member
  • February 18, 2015 11:38 AM
    Reply # 3228958 on 3228214

    Not really that much work to rig. Slide sprit forward, secure heel rope, tighten and cleat off shrouds and bobstay.

    Plus it erases six feet that marinas can charge you for.

    Not trying to argue, just don't see where the nightmare comes in.

  • February 18, 2015 5:51 PM
    Reply # 3229209 on 3228214

    Nathan no argument there mate , I love talking about Westsail stuff . Heel rope ? I'm thinking stretch , the sprit needs to be solid . Maybe instead of  rope you could use wire rope .  

    Last modified: February 18, 2015 5:54 PM | Anonymous member
  • February 18, 2015 8:54 PM
    Reply # 3229482 on 3228214

    Thanks Mark and Norm for the feedback.

    I'll think those issues over while I decide what to do.

  • February 19, 2015 5:55 AM
    Reply # 3229669 on 3228214

    You might want to consider one more thing while you're at it...

    Resale value

    Last modified: February 19, 2015 5:56 AM | Anonymous member
  • August 06, 2015 3:21 PM
    Reply # 3468916 on 3228214
    Deleted user

    Come on!

    There are  advantages and disadvantages for everything. On long ocean cruises, I was fascinated watching the striped perch underneath the bowsprit keeping up with the boat. If the bowsprit bothers you get a boat that is full length, so you do not have to deal with the  extension. Besides, a removable bowsprit has its own drawbacks. I liked the full length boat over a Colin Archer style, but at the time that was the most boat available at the price. My recommendation, anchor out, enjoy what you have, and if you don't like that wooden extension on both ends of the hull, do what I have done.  I designed an "A" frame to replace the bowsprit and a wide trapezoid frame for the boomkin,. it is not heavy- I carried both separately down to he boat and attached them. myself. MZ W32 550

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