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Old 06-05-2011, 08:11   #1
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Alternative Name for a Bowsprit

Last weekend I was sailing on a cat with a carbon bowsprit that runs from the bridgedeck under the tramp and under the crossbeam. I seem to remember there being another name for the sprit when it comes back to the bridgedeck. Can anyone help? Just curious.
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Re: Alternative name for a bowsprit

The pointy end?

The vertical member that supports the mast compression load or other loads on a beam or crossbeam is called the dolphin striker. Under it runs chain, cable or solid wire. It is part of a cantilever system.

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Re: Alternative name for a bowsprit

new to all these terms but I think "boomkin". someone please correct me here.
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new to all these terms but I think "boomkin". someone please correct me here.
no. a boomkin goes out the stern, like a bowsprit on the other end. It's usually constructed to carry the sheet block for the mizzen.
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The vertical member that supports the mast compression load or other loads on a beam or crossbeam is called the dolphin striker. Under it runs chain, cable or solid wire. It is part of a cantilever system.
Some modern cats have "seagull strikers," which are basically dolphin strikers cantilevered in the opposite direction.

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Re: Alternative name for a bowsprit

The term I'm looking for is also used in airplane terminoligy for a part of the plane's fuselage.
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Re: Alternative Name for a Bowsprit

I've seen people here call it a "prodder"

The rigging company that changed my seagull striker called it a martingale
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Re: Alternative Name for a Bowsprit

On older fishing smacks, where going out on the "widow-maker" to tack down the jib, was dangerous, a bowsprit, that could be withdrawn to the foredeck, was referred to as a "running" or "housing" sprit.
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It is a 'prodder'.
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Ditto on the Prodder.
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no. a boomkin goes out the stern, like a bowsprit on the other end. It's usually constructed to carry the sheet block for the mizzen.
The sheet block for most mizzens is attached to a padeye.

I always thought that a boomkin was for the boom to rest on when the main was down. Mainly used with a gaff-rigged main but is on HC's, Valient's, Baba's and other traditional boats.
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The sheet block for most mizzens is attached to a padeye.

I always thought that a boomkin was for the boom to rest on when the main was down. Mainly used with a gaff-rigged main but is on HC's, Valient's, Baba's and other traditional boats.
They are called boom gallows.

Bumpkin is a spar off the stern of a boat.
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I have heard of retractable bowsprits. Thinking of updating my Ranger 28 to have one.
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They are called boom gallows.

Bumpkin is a spar off the stern of a boat.
I stand corrected.


(Transport / Nautical Terms) Nautical a short boom projecting from the deck of a ship, used to secure the main-brace blocks or to extend the lower edge of the foresail
[from Dutch boomken, from boom tree; see beam, -kin]
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