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Optimising a yacht with a bowsprits for marina berthing

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What is the issue?
Classic yachts with extended bowsprits look absolutely beautiful. The issue with the vessel is once they berth in a marina. As the marina has to provide a berth that caters for the vessels entire length, they also have to typically charge the cost of the larger berth the vessel occupies. This means boats with extended bowsprits are a highly expensive vessel to berth in a marina. Although you may have a small or medium-sized sailing vessel, in this particular instance you will receive a bill similar to that for a very large boat.

Why address this?
All boats reside in marinas from time to time. This understandable but unfortunate additional cost will grievously add a significant amount to the vessels annual outgoings.

How to address this?
Put in place a hinged bowsprit arrangement as seen in this example in Ireland. With this simple set up the bowsprit may be easily hoisted away when in marinas, entirely removing the issue.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, with thanks to Mary Ellen K, Kilmore Quay.

Bowsprit hoisted out of the way
Photo: eOceanic thanks Michael Harpur

Bowsprit hinge
Photo: eOceanic thanks Michael Harpur

Stem holder
Photo: eOceanic thanks Michael Harpur

Raising block
Photo: eOceanic thanks Michael Harpur
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