The bowsprit enables me to:
1. Fly a bigger Gennaker (152m2)
2. The increased luff-to-mast angle lifts the bow improving the trim at high speed and keeping the rudders more firm in the water.
3. Using the bowsprit moves the center of effort of the sail plan forward reducing weather helm and giving greater control at increased speeds.
The bowsprit on Cool Change is the removable type from Selden.
However, due to the nature of my foredeck with the raised gunnels, I had to come up with a novel and innovative way to install the bowsprit. Please see the pictures that show the installation to the (out)side of the boat to minimise interference with the foredeck. The bowsprit can be retracted or completely removed.