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31 July 2020 - 00:25
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Looking for new pulpit design ideas for Swan 38

My son completely smashed our pulpit on our Swan 38, Aniara. Thank goodness nothing else was damaged.  Now we have to build a new one from scratch.  We are taking the opportunity to redesign an open pulpit as we are going to install a bowsprit to fly asymmestrical spinnaker.  Has anyone ever redesigned their pulpit for asymmetrical spinnaker use?  Do you have any pictures?  Looking to get some ideas that provide the functionality of providing easier access to the tack as well as limiting potential spinnaker snags on the pulpit when gybing.  Thanks for any assistance.




31 July 2020 - 09:25
Join Date: 01 March 2007
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Hi Paul,

I modified the original pulpit on my 47 as in the pictures below. It is a relatively small sprit, our A2 has a full luff length, but have avoided snags on the pulpit so far!

31 July 2020 - 18:51
Join Date: 24 July 2019
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Thanks for sharing Robmably!  Much appreciated.

06 October 2021 - 06:31
Join Date: 24 July 2019
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Hi Robmably,

We are installing an 1830mm bowsprit pole made from Sparcraft that is 99mm in diameter.  We had the Selden 90 degree bowring attached via a backing plate to the port side anchor roller.  We welded 2 slugs to the backing plate to register with the holes in the bow roller to handle shear load.  The bolts provide clamping pressure.   We are planning to have the USL be 700mm with the remaining 1130mm length be DBS.  We mostly plann on using an A2 Asym.  Does the USL seem right to you or anyone else reading this?  Could I extend the USL further out?  What is your USL/DBS on your Swan and how did you calculate it?



11 October 2021 - 12:14
Join Date: 19 December 2019
Posts: 26

Hi Paul,

We came across this pulpit design whilst looking at RUNN 43/004.

I don't know where he found the fittings but think it's very clever.

Thank you,


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