Mohr has an extremely nice, customized First 235 that
happens to be towed by an equally appealing BMW 5 Series, something
you don't see too often in the States. Granted, his fin gets placed
on the trailer so no ramp pulls to worry about, but still. What
does this have to do with Helia's bowsprit? Zero. But the picture
of his rig sitting in the mountains is hard to beat.
Peter is one of the original guys
that went with the bow roller and bow cleat solution. It's actually
pretty slick and Mohr thought it out. As you can see from the
shots (all on page click to fullsize), Peter used aluminum
tubing and reinforced the inward end to stand the pressure on
the cleat. He placed the pole over the roller and used the pin
as an anchor point, welding a stopper onto the pole itself. He
ended up running a bob stay, using line to a clam cleat on the
pole for ease.
So far, Peter's had good luck with
this arrangement. Like Geronimo's solution, the pole cants to
the starboard favoring that side due to the roller. I do question
the strength of that end pin as it's actually broken on
my roller but it seems to be working for Helia.
If he desired, he might go with a loop like the Selden unit or
the unit on Geronimo, this attached to the roller bolt. It would
probably be stronger than the pin solution but so far, so good.
note: pics above & right
link to full size. See Selden popup info link below, too
Also see Geronimo's