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Re: Stemhead problems
It doesn't look as though that bowsprit belongs on that boat. I don't really see a fair lead from the end of the bowsprit to the masthead, without removing some of the pulpit.
Not only are you going to need a bobstay, but most likely a couple of whisker stays as well, which will require even more strong points.
I think you'd be better served to chuck the bowsprit and just mount the headstay on the bow of the boat, keeping her a simple sloop. I wouldn't want only one forward stay going from a bowsprit to the masthead as my only forward stay. Normally, the bowsprit goes better with the cutter rig, giving you another stay forward.
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