Originally Posted by scoobert
i had wondered that myself.
i cant for the life of me figure out what the two solid loops are on the stern by the steps are. perhaps where is was originally rigged?
of course, there are many mystery's i find every day on this yacht.
and i think my height above the water
is 55'. both mast
are the same height.
If she has had a re-rig (and especially if plenty of strange ideas onboard from a PO) I would get a rigger to look at the entire rig - and he might even suggest can get rid of the mizzen! (per your earlier thread Why do I have a Mizzen?
Would also be very informative to know what her original rig was (or that of any sister ships) - not all changes by PO's are for the better! Could be that she was originally a sloop
(or sister ships had that option), maybe the PO made compromises in the rig (shorter main mast
and the addition of a full height Mizzen) simply to achieve less air draft
because in his location (no idea about yours!) that was uber important.
Personally I would be looking to get rid of the bar and bring the aft stays back onboard......even at the price
of losing a few feet off the Mizzen! Although hard to tell, but from my squint at one of your pics in the other thread the boom on the main mast looks shorter than it could easily be and still look "right", but of course I ain't no expert!
Also just to say that I would not rely on simply a rigger when making major changes (they come with all manner of skillsets - a lot will be good at replacing like for like) - will need someone who can "read" the entire boat, perhaps a yacht designer
I think that bottom curved bar has no structural importance whatsoever (but don't take my word for it!), maybe it is there to stop the bathing platform snagging on stuff - or just to make it look pretty
(obviously when heeled you don't want a full width solid bathing platform as would act as brake / disturb the water
Funnily enough the thought had crossed my mind to add pretty much what I am suggesting you remove!, not to fix any rigging
to but simply as a platform to extend my aft deck
(me also a ketch
, with an aft cabin
and a bit of an aftdeck already - but at 30' a couple of extra feet might come in handy, albeit not sure what for exactly!). For that (as load bearing) would need stainless steel
and underbracing - even if never intended it to be load bearing the odds are strong that one day it would, if only you!)......my inspiration was the local fishing
(potting) boats who have same to carry their pots. Likely never happen though!
Boats is all about puzzling stuff out