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Old 30-12-2012, 10:31   #1
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Why Extend Forestay?

Curious as to why one would need to do this? I hope the pic is good enough to show the lengthened forestay. Thoughts?
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Old 30-12-2012, 10:41   #2
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Can I have three guesses?

1. Goofed on the wire length.
2. Removed a furler.
3. Added that bowsprit and was too cheap to do it right.
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

there is a fella here in west coastal mexico who did that to a 27 ericson--he has more control and better weather handling capacity, says he....
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Old 30-12-2012, 10:48   #4
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

hanked on jib--no problem with the extension.
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

Got a "good deal" on a second hand forestay?
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Old 30-12-2012, 11:19   #6
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

Cant see too well.... you mean the bowsprit? If so, probably done to correct too much weather helm, and /or to keep anchors clear of the bow. If the wire is extended then Daddle is right, removed a furler. It may even be temporary while he works onthe furler.....
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

Elevates the foot above the lifelines; the sea can pass below and the foot is not chafed close hauled. It does look like a furler was removed. the effect is the same. Here is our Pro-Furl 52. The rails are 30 inches high.
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Look at the pulpit. The guy got the romance for a bowsprit. Didn't modify the pulpit. Crazy. Anchors way forward. Foot of job raised. Death of a sailboat by a thousand cuts.
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

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Look at the pulpit. The guy got the romance for a bowsprit. Didn't modify the pulpit. Crazy. Anchors way forward. Foot of job raised. Death of a sailboat by a thousand cuts.
Too much wire length missing to be simply moving it forward that far.
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Look at the pulpit. The guy got the romance for a bowsprit. Didn't modify the pulpit. Crazy. Anchors way forward. Foot of job raised. Death of a sailboat by a thousand cuts.

Yeah. Good deal. That's exactly how I saw this. And think of the cost. For?


Plus, don't you know Zee's pal has it right and Erickson had it wrong.
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

Always better to be too short than too long. (With shrouds and stays anyway)
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

Wants to go spear (harpoon) fishing.
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

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Yeah. Good deal. That's exactly how I saw this. And think of the cost. For?


Plus, don't you know Zee's pal has it right and Erickson had it wrong.
Not just Erickson.

Cal 34.1 had a significant weather helm problem that was cured for Mark 2 &3 models by shortening the boom and raising the mast height which moved the center of effort forward enough to cure the problem. Bow sprit was a solution I have seen on at least one of the Mark 1 boats. Friend with a Mark1 got a Baba30 main which had the same hoist but shorter foot, relieved the issue at the cost of some light weather performance.

Once a model is in production it is pretty expensive to make significant corrections to design problems.
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Re: Why Extend Forestay?

Good point. I don't know what this boat is but it looks set up for longterm liveaboard. Well, who knows?
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Able to convert to cutter rig, more sail combinations for different conditions... more sail area for light winds... reefed balance for strong... or... gives him space for the dinghy in front of the mast..
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