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post #10 of Old 01-16-2014
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Re: DIY Bowsprit

dont go too crazy in length as j24s can get squirelly off the wind...make sure all crew are way aft...not to mention changes in helm feel.

I thought a good compromise is to have a retractable chute pole like many racing boats have...especially dinghies(i14, skiffs, 49ers, etc)

you can make a sprit from pvc filled with foam and wrapped etc...have sturdy mounts(eyes) through bolted and backed up with plates down below and then a simple pulley system to retrieve and retract the pole

or you could go way simple and just add a small stainless sprit with a very small cable or dyneema to save weight down to the waterline with a turnbuckle up top...or not even just tie it up taught since the chute will pull upwards...

basically no longer than a foot is all you need to get the chute clear of the bow

just some thoughts

we have a j24 down here that we used to regularly do all sorts of fun stuff to it to "improve" sailing characterustics...jajaja

Merit 25 sold...Islander 36 still afloat? who knows...Im still in Columbus, and back...I think...jajajaja!!!!
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