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Reefpoints 01-14-2014 12:00 AM

Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
Currently, my masthead has a rather small padeye mounted at the front that was used as the spinnaker bail for the spin halyard and block to attach to.

See below pics:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/member...-spin-bail.gif

The problem is that it points downward and is so short that by the time a block is added my asymmetric sock fouls on my furled headsail. I want to get a little more extension and separation between the forestay and spin halyard. So, I came up with this, a 5/16" u bolt that I installed and then bent upward in a vice. See below:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/member...-spin-bail.gif

Could this work? My boat is SanJuan-28 and I only use the asym for light air work. However it didn't seem too hard to bent the u-bolt, so I'm worried it will either bend right back (downward) or will simply fail? What do you all think?

If this won't likely work, what recommendations might you have?

Thanks as always!

Jd1 01-14-2014 01:15 AM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
It will not hold up! I would build an aluminum assembly that spreads the load between the current attachment point and the flat top of the masthead.

PaulinVictoria 01-14-2014 01:25 AM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
Get a proper spinnaker crane.

Faster 01-14-2014 02:46 AM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
Agree that's gonna bend in the first big puff...

newhaul 01-14-2014 03:23 AM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
I agree with the others. It will fail fairly quickly. Hook a line on it with a loop and stand on it bounce a couple times it will start bending back or break. Get a proper spinnaker crane and do it the correct safe way. While on the bench not after it fails while underway

Reefpoints 01-14-2014 08:45 AM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
Got it.

It seems most of the cranes I've seen (for my width of masthead) only extend about 1.5". I was hoping to get more separation, but I'll go with a standard crane.

Thank you all!

ctl411 01-14-2014 08:52 AM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
A piece of u channel or T beam bolted to the top would be a easy way to get the height and extension you want.

Reefpoints 01-14-2014 09:31 AM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ctl411 (Post 1305361)
A piece of u channel or T beam bolted to the top would be a easy way to get the height and extension you want.

Wow - that's a great idea - thank you!

zz4gta 01-14-2014 02:27 PM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
What is the u-bolt made out of? What type of stainless?

Reefpoints 01-14-2014 03:04 PM

Re: Masthead spinnaker bail, could this work?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by zz4gta (Post 1306401)
What is the u-bolt made out of? What type of stainless?

It's 316, made by fastenal.

Before the overwhelming consensus to ditch this approach, I was thinking that I may have work-hardened it by bending it or perhaps I should just go 1 size thicker, 3/8" instead of 5/16". It seems that since the masthead has the convenient little "ears" to bolt into, why not use them.

Now, I think I may grind those ears off. That way I could easily fit an upside-down U-channel made of stainless to get a solid 2" or 2.5" of extension.


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