In the meantime, if your boat has a bowsprit, could you please check the bobstay, its attachments and its components.
All went well until we hit the problem of how to retract the bowsprit.
You can see the bowsprit, foremast with crow's nest, a cannon.
These were clinker built cutters with a large spread of sail and a very long bowsprit.
The retractable bowsprit and easily raised or lowered mast make the 24 ' economical to berth and suitable for single-handed sailing.