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New us owner refitting shrouds
I have ubolt shrouds separate upper and lower. I will be replacing them and would like to move them back as they are currently even with mast despite swept back spreaders.Any recommendations I am going to attempt to remove backstay and fly a h16 fully battened main.I am also planning on removing fixed gooseneck and replacing with sliding goose neck.

I sail mostle on inland lake in less than 15 knots most of time. I will be trailering to the southeast us coast some.

My goals are to Lear to sail well and to beat the j24 in our little sailing club. I come from a whitewater kayaking backround and love pushing the envelope if I can.
Rick Bernardi7-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
Re: New us owner refitting shrouds
Hey, here is a pic of my u-bolts and chainplates. It's wierd yours are in line with the mast. I tried to make this pic as perpendicular as possible. I think the stock US spreaders are swept 15degrees, I think you need more (like 22) to eliminate the backstay. The US mast is like a phone pole and has no taper. I was thinking a Viper 640 mast with a few feet lopped off the bottom would make a good performance mast, maybe some are available over here since that class started with aluminum and switched to carbon fiber. I'm not sure why you'd need a sliding gooseneck though?
Joe Eckenrode9-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
Re: New us owner refitting shrouds
I thought maybe with sliding gooseneck I could lower the main a bit and allow use of nice fully battened new Hobie 16 main sail. When cruising I can use the old smaller main that came with boat and raise the boom a for comfort as.I am 6'3" and would love a little extra cealance in the cockpit.

Also after looking again today the ubolts are behind the mast my lack of simple observation on display there. I may still replace and move u bolts as the y are mounted just outside of the wood reinforcement plates that are glasses in I will try to get a picture.I have some steel plate I wanted to use as backing plates for ubolts.

I guess I'm just trying to find a way to use a high roach main without replacing the entire mast. I've only had boat for a short bit and kind of sprung the purchase on my wife.

One other weird thing , my mast appears to have 2 jib halyards right below forestay attachment pointand no Spinnaker halyard.
Rick Bernardi9-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
Re: New us owner refitting shrouds
I put Hobie main up slid battens In and detached the backstay giving the forest a big tug it seemed ok. I will be testing this weekend in light air and may go ahead and order a batten to make a flicker so I can use the sail in heavy air.
Her is what it looked like with backstay removed.
Rick Bernardi15-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
Re: New us owner refitting shrouds
I put Hobie main up slid battens In and detached the backstay giving the forest a big tug it seemed ok. I will be testing this weekend in light air and may go ahead and order a batten to make a flicker so I can use the sail in heavy air.
Her is what it looked like with backstay removed.
Rick Bernardi15-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
Re: New us owner refitting shrouds
Worst case scenario the rig rips out and I have an excuse to upgrade when I make sad face to wife.
Rick Bernardi15-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 

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