We have in previous posts written about our concern with the bobstay that is attached from the waterline to the bowsprit. I have always considered this to be a weak point of the boat since the force of an impact here would be transmitted to the mast and rig and in a worst case scenario would damage the attachment points of the back and forestay. After our experiences in the ice of Greenland we realised that we will not be able to avoid ice collisions and in some conditions may need to purposefully ram ice. Therefore we are reinforcing the stem of the boat with a stainless steel cap so we can attach the bobstay higher above the waterline.
We will hire a smith to manufacture the cap in 3 mm steel to cover 30cm above and below the waterline and attach it with several through-hull bolts. In the middle of the steel cap we will have a triangle of 10mm steel to attach the bobstay. The triangle will also act as a ram.
The thought of jointing two materials with through-hull bolts below the waterline is not appealing so if anyone has any ideas or experience of doing something similar we would be happy to hear from you. Another question is how the steel cap will be manufactured since an asymmetrical bowl shape cannot be rolled.