Added an homemade bowsprit on my etchell

Fred from montreal

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Hi guys, i have an old etchell i'm mainly solo sailing and i just added a bowsprit to fit a brand new 55m asymetrical spinnaker with topmast halyard.

I know its a pretty extreme makeover but i will be using the asymetrical in low wind only (10knt max)

I installed side wire on top of the mast to support it, reinforced the deck with fiberglass and fitted a metal plate under the hull to take the lift load.  I also have 3 points of attachment on deck with plates to spread the side load with 3/8 bolts.

Any opinions on the subject?  Please dont be shy, i know its pretty unusual ;o)

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Sail4beer

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With the length and beam of that fine boat, you could have probably skipped the sprit, but I think you’ll have fun and you overbuilt/ overkilled the buildout, so it should be fine. 

 

Monkey

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Although going synthetic would be a better solution, I’ll offer a suggestion that doesn’t cost anything. Take the bobstay off and turn it around. There’s no reason to be dragging that big turnbuckle through the water. 

 

221J

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Flying a spinnaker from a sprit makes the sail more stable because it is further from the main. Worth the effort. 

 

Fred from montreal

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Although going synthetic would be a better solution, I’ll offer a suggestion that doesn’t cost anything. Take the bobstay off and turn it around. There’s no reason to be dragging that big turnbuckle through the water. 


Although going synthetic would be a better solution, I’ll offer a suggestion that doesn’t cost anything. Take the bobstay off and turn it around. There’s no reason to be dragging that big turnbuckle through the water. 
It'a good suggestion, tought about it but i was afraid the sail got stuck on the turnbuckle (could have rig taped it)

Still it attaches itself a little higher than the floating line and i sail flat water

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Fred from montreal

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Flying a spinnaker from a sprit makes the sail more stable because it is further from the main. Worth the effort. 


We discovered that a J-70 spin fits our Columbia 5.5 meter perfectly. No mods, other than a tack line needed. 

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Tought about it but having the sail on top of the mast and 7 feet further make a much bigger sail.  Was a lot of work still to install.

 
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