Is the dolphin striker really needed or is it mostly cosmetic if the bobstay is sufficiently tightened?
What, you ask, is a Dolphin Striker? don't feel bad, i had one on my boat for almost a year and didn't know the technical term 'dolphin striker' until very recently-
here we go:
a short, perpendicular spar
under the bowsprit
, used for strengthening the bowsprit
and jib boom
against the force of the headstay
s, also known as a martingale
While balancing my Formosa's Mast's and tuning the rigging
the 'loosened' dolphin striker plummeted to the depths ...hey, i tried diving
for it but the water
was very murky and very cold...lake superior in May is still COLD
In searching for other formosa
owners online in order to get a measurement so i could replace mine, i came across several other formosa
41's that did not have a dolphin striker.
got me thinking, maybe i don't even need it as long as i can tension the bobstay.
input?, advice?, ..anything please...