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Bowsprit fittings

Postby Lee » Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:52 am

Hi All

Please note the pic of the bowsprit fitting on KIRA.
Im sure this is not the correct way to attach.
could somebody please advise how to correctly connect at this point.
exact sizes of fittings would be appreciated to help me order and a photo would help no end.
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Bowsprit fittings

Postby erbster » Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:33 pm

That is an accepted way of doing it, though very untidily tied. I put “pelican clips” on Aurora, but in the end went back to line tied here. I don’t feel the pulleys are needed and tie through the eye on the wire to a small shackle on the hull fitting. The line I use is thinner than shown in your image.

As you are no doubt aware, these lines need to be loosened in order to raise the bowsprit. I find I can pull them right by hand and then tie off with a series of half hitches.

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Re: Bowsprit fittings

Postby bellalistair » Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:21 pm

Pic of the standard setup as per Charles' description.

I keep getting tempted to put little blocks there but can't bring myself to fork out to buy them so it is interesting to see that they appear to have been abandoned there.

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Re: Bowsprit fittings

Postby Paul Turner » Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:30 pm

Lee, have a look at Dennis's photos on Mary Ann. I've copied his set up and it makes it very easy to set and lift the bowsprit quickly which is very useful
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Re: Bowsprit fittings

Postby Malcolm Sadler » Fri Mar 19, 2021 5:00 pm

I second Paul’s comment. I sacrificed the traditional simple look of a bowsprit with a water stay plus two plain steel lines leading to the front, for a modified version of Dennis’s solution

I have dyneema bowsprit shrouds with hooks that are easily attached and detached at the hull end and (as Dennis has) a 6:1 high tension block arrangement at the front of the bowsprit for each shroud. That leaves me with two lines coming back down the length of the bowsprit into jamming cleats just inboard of where the bowsprit sits in the prow.

Very easy to rig and to tension the shrouds and also very easy to set up a completely secure vertical position when moored. This removes the movement at the bowsprit pivot which happens if you just tie the raised bowsprit to the forestay with a bungee cord as I used to do (and which had begun to do some damage where the inboard end of the bowsprit is screwed into its S/S hinge piece)

Sorry I have no pics.

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Re: Bowsprit fittings

Postby Lee » Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:41 pm

Thanks for the info, Alistair, Paul and Malcolm
It certainly is a mod that most cc owners make.
Hopefully I will check them out at the Rally and take some ideas away.
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Re: Bowsprit fittings

Postby zimp » Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:59 pm


Zimp has a simple lanyard for this
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