Thanks guys. In general I agree with you. I was only considering the vertical force, not the horizontal.
My base logic was, since the jib
fuller is applying similar forces vertically on the forward crossbeam, why couldn't you simply shift the attach point up to the top of the striker . . . however, as stated the lateral forces could prove devastating.
Considering the eventual installation
of a proper bowsprit
, I am planning to have a roller-prepared code 0 built, fly it with sock on a bow set bridle setup and have it installed onto the furler
when the bowsprit
setup installed so I don't have to buy two sails