- Feb 4, 2012
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that is very good advice Ron...i have read a lot on these problems in the pastNote of caution guys,
I had a wooden bowsprit on my C30. One day it broke at the bobstay lower swage fitting but luckily, I had my main & 155 up. I almost lost my mast, but was able to run downwind to keep the mast up while securing it with my extra halyard. Then I limped back home.
Upon inspection, I was shocked to find the side strap bolting was how do I say it, "A REAL POS" attachment. Nothing more than the thickness of the hull & a couple of washers, REALLY?
I contacted Catalina & ordered their solid glass bowsprit used on their newer boats. I had my glassman build up the fiberglass strap attachment areas (in the anchor locker) & added stainless backing plates also glassed in. For the bobstay, because it was this that failed, I went with Nitronic 50 solid cable with mechanical fittings in lieu of swage fittings.
If you have a wooden bowsprit, inspect the underside of the wood & the attachments in the anchor locker. If your bobstay is swaged, I would replace this with a mechanical fitting & solid not strand cable. Especially if having an anchor roller that you use.
On another note, if you have wooden spreaders, inspect the topsides as one of my spreaders also failed. I had JSI make me new aluminum spreaders. this was an easy replacement. They now look like airplane wings.
You need check these before they fail.
I'm using a Mason Supreme on a standard rig with no problem. I will say that I stow the anchor in the anchor locker when not using it. A bit of a pain but after seeing Maine Sail's write up on chafing and I'm on a mooring, i feel safer!...wondering if anyone has accomplished the same thing on a no bow-sprit C30...even less real estate.
Ha! It works for giving bruises when you pass by on the dock also.I always prefer having the anchor in the locker for safety, but the Rocna sure looks like a great battering ram & would surely take a hit for you!