Moving Away From The Bowsprit
04 April 2011 | Toronto, Canada
This is what was done on the bowsprit to move the outer jib inboard so that the bobstay (wire connecting end of bowsprit to hull that takes a beating when pushing through ice) could be discarded. A new tab was welded on for the yankee jib (outermost sail) to attach to, the yankee jib stay and furler were shortened 23cm/10". The inner jib was moved back a bit and to the side a bit. The bowsprit was welded all round to the hull, to handle twisting loads when only one headsail is set. In the picture, Joe is welding the side of the bowsprit to the hull (they were only bolted before)
The two roller furling headsails were moved to be pretty much side-by-side, with the anchor between them.
All the tests done so far have gone well, there is no problem tacking, the boat seems to sail fine with the yankee jib in its new position.
The next step is to cut off the parts of the bowsprit that are no longer needed to save the weight up forward.