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Jeff Matthiae

J and Jenny,

I can't say enough good things about Bud's Tubular stainless bowsprit. It's a great platform to work off of and opens up the foredeck, especially if you also get rid of the staysail boom.

I don't have a Ronca so can't vouch for that fit. I do have a Bruce 44# and an A100 Spade (19# Aluminum) hanging side by side with no interference. The Spade will self launch. The Bruce I need to get started angled down, which is not a problem since I need to go forward to remove my safety line anyway. Then from the cockpit I can lower the Bruce (my primary) with the remote switch that is on the chain counter.

One thing that you may want to consider if you change the bowsprit. I ordered my bowsprit and windlass, a Lighthouse 1501 DWG, at about the same time and then installed them almost two years later. In hind sight I should have payed some attention to the width between the two chain gypsies. It would have worked out better for the alignment if the bowsprit rollers would have been made closer together, if not side by side then staggering one forward. The way I compensated was to cheat the windlass to starboard for the alignment on the primary which is on an all chain rode. The rope wildcat on the port side works fine with the secondary which is mostly line with just 50 feet of chain. That chain I can either pull in by hand or put it on the port gypsy, although somewhat misaligned.

Jeff
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