In a comment to an earlier post, my friend Bonnie noted that as she was blogging about the fate of New York’s South Street Seaport Museum, she was reminded of a pleasant sail there on a nice December day on my pinky schooner, Rosemary Ruth (which is still for sale ) a while back. Bonnie’s story about the sail is here.
Sailing downwind in light air. After the bowsprit changes, with the two headsails almost side by side, the sails are well-separated all the way.
After the bowsprit changes, on port tack, the two headsails touch at the bottom, but are separated farther up. I have not yet moved the yankee jib sheet lead aft, but probably will have to. The yankee jib can now chafe on the lower spreader tip, so I will be padding that soon.
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.