TL;DR - I want to move my boom bale about 10" further out, which would make my main sheet no longer parallel to the traveler when sheeted in hard.
My potential worry is that this pushes the boom squarely into the mast
when it's all sheeted in. This maybe puts a lot of stress on the goose neck? This maybe creates weird stress on the mast? Is this a bad idea? Maybe this is totally fine? Too many maybes. I also have a rigid vang, for what it's worth.
photos below for illustration and showing just how squishy it is (in my opinion) with the traveler and boom sheets
The long info:
Hey all, I'm busy refitting and there has been a common thread: the original owner who commissioned the boat
was much shorter than myself. Or, was exactly my height and enjoyed a constant feeling of being snug to the ceiling?
Anyway, one of these issues is the dodger
. It was a bit short and while it's not a problem to cut and weld on a little more to make it taller, it exposed another thing - literally. The back of the dodger
leaves the helm
entirely exposed from the top and since this is a center cockpit
with end of boom sheeting, entirely exposed from behind since you have your traveler in you back - again, literally. I could kinda see this as a performance thing (helmsman always has a view of the sails
and windex if needed), but Nova is a ~16T steel center cockpit
So one way that I can see alleviating this by moving the bale and boom blocks further out and welding on a 6-8" rail on the dodger that give me shade and lets me also hang a wind screen
if we're going downwind in some weather
. I have no issues with welding up whatever I need, my concern here is purely about the forces exerted on the boom/goosneck/mast by me moving the bale. Wanted to get some opinions before I do something crazy like model it in CAD and do a whole finite element analysis...
photos for reference.