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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

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