The bowsprit on the Whitby 42 was an optional extra and by all accounts a necessary one. TIH, naturally does not have one. She does, however, have a very serviceable bow roller.
Because I have removed the mizzen I will HAVE to have some means of increasing the J dimension. The bowsprit, as drawn by Ted Brewer, takes the J from 15.5ft to 18.5 ft.
The factory installed bowsprit (as installed on Gaia, seen above) is a thing of beauty but it does beg a few questions;
1. Why do we put heavy anchors on the end of a bowsprit, surely it just adds stress to the rig and increases any tendency to hobbyhorse. I will admit that these forces may be minor.
2. Do we need the working jib that far forward except in winds under 15 kts, because above that I certainly tend to start reefing.
3. I plan to have a cruising chute for light airs. This would require a short sprit under the existing bowsprit design for the tack.
4. Might a removable sprit be a solution;
I am putting these questions up because this is an active discussion on the Whitby Web Site and all ideas are welcome. I have not arrived at a decision as yet and am not in a major rush.