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I have been thinking of adding a bowsprit to my J24. Not to use for racing, just for the light air cruising days. I would fly a genaker. Could a retrofit kit damage the bow with unsupported upward forces? Would the tack of the standard 150 genoa chaff on the pole attached to the deck? Is it worth it, or should I just attach the tack of the genaker to the tack of the genny (inside the forestay)?
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just make sure you make a little tack extender(cable and nicopress) to get the tack up and above the bow pit or anything similar that will chafe...

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I have been thinking of adding a bowsprit to my J24. Not to use for racing, just for the light air cruising days. I would fly a genaker. Could a retrofit kit damage the bow with unsupported upward forces?
I'm assuming that by genaker you are referring to an asymmetric spinnaker.
Asking because some use the term genaker for a code 0 type upwind sail.

Flying a asymmetric on a bowsprit does not put heavy loads on the bowsprit.
The kits from Selden and Sparcraft (and others) have two attachment points to the deck so the loads get distributed.

take a look at this document from Selden http://www.seldenmast.com/files/595-246-E.pdf

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Would the tack of the standard 150 genoa chaff on the pole attached to the deck?
That depends on the distance between deck and the tack of the sail.
Normally the bowsprit is located a little off center with the outboard end in the center line.

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Is it worth it, or should I just attach the tack of the genaker to the tack of the genny (inside the forestay)?
Tacking a asymmetric sail inside the forestay will make impossible (at least awkward) to gybe..
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