Pictures 3 & 7 of your Finished Scratch Built Vasa photo series seems to show the fore course tack lines each running forward past an anchor then through a hole of the two holed fairlead (terms?) under the stem. If this is correct what is the tack lines' route and termination after the fairlead?
Congratulations on your appearing in the Craftsmanship Hall of Fame. I'm proud to have you as sort of a mentor.
After crossing under the beakhead, through the fairlead nailed to the bottom of it, the tack passes up on the opposite side, through a slot in the gratings just inboard of the head box, and up to the foredeck railing, where it was probably belayed on a large cleat fastened to the lower railing where it crossed over the cathead. The cleat itself does not survive, so we do not know what the dimensions are, but the bolts for it are there, and show that it was at an angle, after end outboard, and it could also be used for belaying the cat stopper and cat tackle.
The lead of my tacks were done in a rather unrealistic way, I think, in order to keep tension on the fore sheets so that the line didnt flow in an ugly way. Mine also go behind the stocks of the anchors, close to the hull and the Roman warrior sculpture, and this was probably never the case on the real thing.
I also did not include the cleat that Fred mentions (do not remember if it was not known about or if I elected to just disinclude it) but my lines belay by being tied around the lower cross-member of the forward balustrade.
And thanks Matti! It is quite an honor to be included there.
Thank you Fred and Clayton. I made my balustrade with 8 sculptures so it will be a close fit for the big cleat and thick tack line but I think I can fit it. I have read Fred's recent post about the likelihood of only 6 sculptures but I can't redo that now.