Re: Stem Fitting / Bow Roller Modifications
- GRAHAM, I also had the stem fitting off. THE 4 forward bolts were stripped out so I had to rebuild the whole area. There is (was) a plate imbedded in the glass. It was aluminum and had completly turned to jelly. I tapped two 3/8 ss plates and inbedded them in the glass. It's not really that bad a job.
--- In email@example.com, "b_a_t_e_a_u" <graham.horne@...> wrote:
> I lifted the stem fitting / bow roller off my boat while re-rigging. Some of the holes in the central fin are both stretched and have serious hair-line cracks from poorly fitted clevis pins before my time. My Nic 35 is a Mk V so it has the 2 rollers. In the process of looking at the problem I looked at how the whole anchor retrieval process worked and of course that it was designed primarily for the CQR anchor. Fitting a Delta, Rocna or Manson would perhaps mean a rethink of the bow roller arrangement. I also looked at the work done on Fly and was surprised that the 4 bolts in the stem were just glassed in fibreglass was all that held the stem fitting in place and the tree standing (peeling back onto the rear 4 bolts) and looks poorly engineered if the forestay is set forwards (as was mine). Now is the time for me to do this so I was wondering what changes have been made if anything to incorporate one of the newer or more modern anchors by other owners. By the way I have a 20kg (44lb) Delta to go on. Yes I know it is large but if all else fails I am hoping the both the 16kg (35lb) CQR and the Delta with 9.5mm (3/8â) chain all set may do the job.
> If I rebuild this stem fitting in Stainless Steel to make launching and retrieving the big Delta I am considering making provision for a short removable bowsprit for a cruising chute. I makes sense to me to get the chute further forward so I can carry it from further behind and make tacking easier as well.
> I am setting up for distance sailing where everything is unknown. You ideas would be most welcome