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Selden Bowsprit Installation

I apologize for the delay in replying. We just sailed and won our class in the Charleston to Bermuda Race. We sailed three days straight on a reach with the bowsprit and gennaker. We were sailing with our skipper Bernie Schpiro on Pied-a- Mer, USA 52991.

The Selden install was quite straight forward. We installed a supplied pad eye on the anchor locker hatch door with a small backplate at the maximum distance recommended for the sprit to be extended ( the force there will be down). The sprit clips easily onto the pad eye. We installed the other supplied pad eye on the forward edge of the cabin top where the sprit is stowed while ready for use. We installed a circular ring provided by Selden on the starboard anchor roller bottom plate. We needed a little wedge to level it, we used a plastic block and shaped it. We through bolted the ring and wedge to the bottom plate.

We did have to remove the anchor and stow it in the locker. The sprit is easily removed and stowed on the deck with velcro ties when use of the anchor is needed. We use only the port side of the roller for the anchor as the ring is installed permanently on the other roller.

A tip: make sure you run the tack line through the sprit before securing the ends of the sprit pole.

We did not need a block at the end of the sprit, we tried one and found it worked better without it as the end has a rounded exit for the tack line.

I hope this helps.
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