New here, so first let me introduce myself. I´m froim Argentina
and actually live in Buenos Aires. Been sailing since I was 12 and my father (passionate of boats) bought me a hobie cat
14, had several boats (motor and sail) and now have a Bavaria
cruiser 46 since new (2008) Love cruising and racing
and I´ve done several passages , coastal and off shore, including four Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro regattas (1190 nm).
Now to the post: bowsprits in a sailboat have a purpose, and it is to deploy a reaching or downwind sail ahead of the staysail, been that a gennaker
, code 0, asymetrical spinnaker
, reacher or any other free flyng sail, mostly in light or moderate winds. Over the years boat manufacturers started adding stuff like chain rollers, anchor
fittings and other things , but it´s main purpose remains.
They´re not meant to be pretty or good looking, just functional, some have a stay, some have just a halyard
. Add a block at it´s end with a line and a stopper and you can clamp on it a top-down furler
that you can control from the cockpit
Allmost all modern sailboats, not only racers, have them standard or optional
And yes, they are an excellent place , if big enough, to sit and wacht dolphins
or drink a beer
looking at the sunset after a good sail.
Someone people say they are dangerous, but , if you don´t know how to use it, even a pencil is dangerous................