Rigging the Trogear Bowsprit

TThere are different ways to rig the Trogear Bowsprit depending on your needs and preferences. Following are some examples. (click on the image to enlarge)

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  1. U Bolt (shown here with low friction ring)
  2. Bobstay Dyneema – 2:1 purchase
  3. Low friction ring
  4. Stainless steel ring for furler attachment or with block for tack line
  5. Dyneema loop led through the bowsprit bushing connects stainless steel ring (#4) and low friction ring (#3) In all cases a dyneema loop must be used through the bushing.
  6. Bobstay control line led through a clutch to a winch in the cockpit.
  7. Bungee cord (see Davis MiniShockle)
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  1. Furler attached to stainless steel ring.
  2. Block for tack line
  3. Bobstay Dyneema

 The Preventer – safety line (IMPORTANT to USE)

The preventer MUST be used and should be made from Dyneema and attached to the headstay toggle and the lower friction ring at the tip of the Bowpsprit. The length of the Dyneema should be such that the sprit does not drop past ~20deg of horizontal when under tension. Think of it as an inverted bobstay or a topping lift on a spinnaker pole. It is a preferred method of preventing the Sprit from going down too far, important in the event the sail drops to the water.

Paul Cronin rigging his custom sprit for his Archambault 31.

Check out Paul’s  through hull installation video available at his In The Boat Shop Series” offering step-by-step videos showing how to install gear, repair and fix parts, tips & tricks, and more.