S/V Bluebottle

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Still Here!! Bobstay fitting broken

16 May 2009 | Flamenco anchorage, Panama,
Yesterday, Allie, our German welder friend was preparing to make a chain roller for the bowsprit; and he is very interested in metals, particularly stainless steel, which has several weaknesses, like a tendency to crack, being more brittle than mild steel. He noticed a big crack and some smaller ones on the part that joined the bobstay to the bowsprit. The mast is supported - from its top - by the forestay, which is held secure by the bowsprit, which in turn is supported by the bobstay, which is joined - at its lower end - to the hull (at the waterline). A sort of chain, and one of the links could have broken, bringing the mast down. Obviously a serious matter, and we won't leave until it is restored. Not all the parts I need are available here in the shops so I am asking around.
Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart