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Old 18-12-2016, 08:46   #61
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Re: What's So Bad About the Bowsprit ?

There's not a lot of room to work, walk, sit but it looks good and since the boat is cutter rigged and has a full keel it really does serve a purpose.

Plus it sticks out far enough it works like a cane for blind man when docking in 30kt winds.
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Old 19-12-2016, 21:32   #62
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Old 22-12-2016, 11:56   #63
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Old 22-12-2016, 14:59   #64
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Re: What's So Bad About the Bowsprit ?

My bowsprit takes my boat's LOA from 12.2m to 12.7m. This means that when my boat arrives in Melbourne to it's new permanent marina berth, I should be in a 15m pen and not a 12m pen in which the club allows up to 12.5m LOA.

The price difference is $2500 AUD per year, so I booked a 12m berth and will remove the bowsprit when I arrive. I will use the money saved to pay for someone to either shorten the existing bowsprit or to buy a removable bowsprit.

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Old 22-12-2016, 16:06   #65
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Re: What's So Bad About the Bowsprit ?

We sail a Flicka in the sounds and rivers of eastern NC. For us the bowsprit clearly adds balance to the sail plan as part of the full keel design. It is a small vessel (24 LOA) but we love how we routinely use a single finger on the tiller and can also leave the tiller for periods of time. No exaggeration. No Blue Water experiences but lots of fun, easy cruising. It does hobby-horse in short chop (we see these conditions lots) so the roller-furler is an essential component. I think hobby-horse is more associated with the hull design as opposed the the bowsprit. The Flicka's bowsprit is part of original design. Can you tell we love it?

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Old 22-12-2016, 16:34   #66
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Re: What's So Bad About the Bowsprit ?

Nice. Enjoying these recently posted bowsprit pictures.

markwesti's looks awesome and a well done rebuild. Compared to some Westsail 28's I've seen it is stellar. Wondering what the tiller-like fixture might be
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What "bad" about bowsprits? Having to do a stellar rebuild of a bowsprit. And other things mentioned.

Looks shippy though, but glad my boat doesn't need one.
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Thank you so much for the complement four winds, the tiller looking thing is actually the goose neck for the stay sail boom . The day I took that picture we were headed home from Catalina to Long Beach , that Dolphin stayed with us for about 10 minuets .
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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................
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Re: What's So Bad About the Bowsprit ?

bowsprit is a great place to place a bbbiiiiiiigggg red christmas bow--- hopefully before neighbors bonk heads on it walking by ha ha ha ha ha

management did that in barra--was pretty until it got wet by ocean while under way
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