Bowsprit - Venture of Newport 23

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VofNewport23
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Bowsprit - Venture of Newport 23

Post by VofNewport23 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:47 pm

I am the proud new owner of a Venture of Newport 23, I got it off craigslist for $300 and I'm working on restoring the boat. The previous owner didn't know much about sailing and as a result got rid of the bowsprit. My plan to rebuild the bowsprit but I don't know the dimensions of the original and I can't find anything about that on the internet. If you have a Venture of Newport could you measure the bowsprit and take a few pictures for me? Any other first time advice would also be appreciated.
Thank you so much!
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Re: Bowsprit - Venture of Newport 23

Post by Jimmyt » Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:35 pm

If you can't find better, you should be able to scale from this:

https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/venture-of-newport-23
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Re: Bowsprit - Venture of Newport 23

Post by Kayakeur » Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:21 am

I've wondered about sailing my VN23 as a sloop, a single jib on the stay for the yankee sail. Lots of controversy and opinions of two foresail cutter versus one foresail sloop. It seems theoretically okay to me but it's just a thought. I'm not going to because I'd have to buy a sloop-size jib sail, but since you don't have a bowsprit you might try it. Do you have the cutter sails?
Do you have the hardware for the bowsprit?
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VofNewport23
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Re: Bowsprit - Venture of Newport 23

Post by VofNewport23 » Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:00 pm

Bud, thanks for your suggestion. I thought about sailing it as a sloop too, but since I've got all the other hardware (yankee, staysail, shrouds, bob-stay, staysail boom etc) and I'm a bit of a purist I'd like to rig how it came from the factory, not to mention I'd probably have to find a bigger jib. The previous owner has never sailed before and unfortunately scrapped the bowsprit before I was able to buy it :? . I'm planning to make one out of a 2x8 or something similar. Do you know what type of wood your bowsprit is made of and how far out it extends past the bow?
Thanks,
Bryce

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Re: Bowsprit - Venture of Newport 23

Post by RogerCA » Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:38 am

Is the original poster still in need of this information? I can take some pictures and measurements if desired.

I'm sure I will at some point anyway, but I can expedite it.

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Re: Bowsprit - Venture of Newport 23

Post by VofNewport23 » Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:54 pm

Sorry, I just saw your message on here. My uncle owns a macgregor 25 and he suggested using the bobstay to try and estimate the length. That being said a few pictures and dimensions would be a nice help. Thank you!

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