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Old 05-03-2011, 08:52   #1
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Chickenhead Extension

I need to extend the chickenhead on my Ericson 27,so as to have enough room for my Gennaker halyard block. Having the extension fabricated won`t be a problem . Due to wiring etc. in the area welding might labor intensive.What about bolting ? ? Any info or photos out there ?
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Old 05-03-2011, 17:25   #2
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Chickenhead??? WTF is that?

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Just learned this today. In 40 years of sailing I'd never heard of a chickenhead. I think it must be a very new term.
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Well, 40 plus years but didn't want to date myself.
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Re: Chickenhead Extension

If your masthead fitting, (it's normally called a crane, not a chicken) has a flat horizontal plate, you can bend a U-shaped 3/8" st steel rod, with welded on tabs, thru bolted into the top plate. Re-inforce the rod with a short piece welded across the U to stop the block moving aft.
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Re: Chickenhead Extension

OK-OK a CRANE . Chicken Head must be an East Coast Thing.I have been calling it a Chicken Head since I started sailing (1959).All in good fun.
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Well, 40 plus years but didn't want to date myself.
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John, so that's about 80 years between us, and it's a new one on me, too!

For the OP, should be able to drill and tap into the flat area of the , er, "chickenhead" and fabricate a piece of bar stock with matching holes. Bar stock extends forward of the mast and has a fitting for the block (big pad-eye or such). Not a big deal, no welding.

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Wow- "Chickenhead".

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Perhaps, I should change my" user name" to C?????????D.Thanks for the tips.
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If your masthead fitting, (it's normally called a crane, not a chicken) has a flat horizontal plate, you can bend a U-shaped 3/8" st steel rod, with welded on tabs, thru bolted into the top plate. Re-inforce the rod with a short piece welded across the U to stop the block moving aft.
I've heard it called a "batten crane."
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I've heard it called a "batten crane."
My responce was written, I admit, with a smile on my face, but on Bluestocking's drawings, by Philip Rhodes, its referred to as a crane.
But PR could have been wrong
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Phil Rhodes is never wrong!
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Re: Chickenhead Extension

I always thought they were called "spinnaker bails.


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You can see the problem.Causing chaffing and "pinching" of the halyard ,all caused by that short necked Chicken.

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I would investigate at Duckworks ;-)))

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