I would like
to let you, and all the other Clipper 36 owners know about
the bronze fitting, that is located at the bottom of
the dolphin striker. The
bronze fitting that came from Cheoy Lee is not very well
designed. We found this out the hard way. While out for a
day sail here in San
heard the loud, SNAP! sound that you never want to hear on
At first I
though one of the Bob-stay wires had broken, never
Unfortunately, this particular fitting is not inspected very
price with a broken bowsprit. Luckily we didn't break
fitting broke the force of the entire rig pulled the
It held it's own, or so we thought. We didn't realize the
extent of the damage until we were back at the dock and
could see the radial
crack, that I
found went half way through the cross section of the Sitka
spruce. I decided that it was not repairable. We opted to
make a new bowsprit
Douglas fir and of course a new dolphin striker fitting. I
and had it made from a solid billet of 316L stainless.
say it is
leaps and bounds stronger than the original casting. I would
like to note that the casting on our boat had been
replaced with a new part
Lee only 15 years ago. Anyway, please take a close look at
fitting and if you would like to replace it I can give
you all the
I have attached three pictures showing the broken bronze
along with my
fitting would possibly fit the other clipper models but I am
not sure. You could measure your fitting and contact
Mark for dimensions.
Click for full size images
Contact Mark Hockett if you'd like to have a new fitting
made for your boat.
Island Tech Enterprises
3/08 following is letter we got from Mark
My name is Mark Hockett and I am the one who makes the
replacement dolphin striker fittings for the Clipper
My shop is Island Tech Enterprises in Clinton WA,
I would just like to let you know that I now have
replacement fittings in stock and was hoping that you
could put a note on the web site. Here is a picture of
the new fitting,
I have made some slight changes from Jamie Sibley's
original design to lower the cost. The new price is
$375.00. I was hoping to get the cost lower but the
price of the material has almost doubled, It is now
$98 just for the stainless steel for one part and I
use up about $75 in tooling to make one part. If I can
get enough sales I can buy the material in a larger
quantity and maybe get the cost about $40 cheaper.
I am no longer making the part from bronze as I have
had no call for a bronze fitting. I am making the
fitting at the opposite end of the dolphin striker,
which sells for $295. I will also machine custom parts
for anyone needing that service.
Do you know if this fitting fits any other Cheoy Lee
models? I have listed one on ebay that will start on
Saturday March 22 2008, but listed it for the Clipper
36. It will be item number 280210912720.
Island Tech Enterprises
for this information
Jamie's Photos of the Bow Sprit Replacement
All images can be clicked for full size photo
Bowsprit replacement on Flying Cloud
The first step was removing the old broken bowsprit. This
included removal of the Headstay, forestay, Whisker stays,
bobstay, bow pulpit, old caulk, fiberglass, and all
associated hardware/fittings. The removal was done in one
shows the port side radial crack that circles around
side with continuation of crack from other side and
additional longitudinal breakage. Also, caulk removed.
This is the
deck end with one of the bronze bolts removed. This section
was tabbed in with glass. It was pretty easy to remove by
running along the seam with a chisel and mallet.
fir that I ordered from
http://www.easycreeklumber.com Keith sells
excellent lumber and has great customer service. The lumber
arrived in rough sawn form, so I took over to a local
woodworker fellow and planed down the sides that we were
going to glue together. We mixed up some West system epoxy
and wet the surfaces first. Then mixed up another batch with
403 filler added. Then we clamped the heck out of it, as
shown above. I let it cure for the weekend and then took
this piece to a local wood turning shop to have the tapered
end made for me.
This is the
old next to the finished new bowsprit. I had to do a bit of
finish work after getting it back from the wood turner. I
had to taper the square sides down to meet the size of the
old one, make the tongue cutout, cut and finish sand the
nose to fit the end cap. After that work was done, I sealed
the whole piece with Smiths penetrating epoxy. Awesome
the rot that we discovered on the end of the old bowsprit
Sitka is not known for good rot resistance. Which is one of
the many reasons that we chose Douglas fir for the new one.
This is what
it should look like.
opening. Also showing part of the rig that I used to hold up
the mast while all this is going on.
area. Paint sanded off and holes filled.
installed, with cap on as well
side. I used the clamps to hold it in position while the
after install. How do you like my line clamp? The bungees
worked pretty good too!