This is the way???

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This is the way???

Postby DaveD » Mon May 11, 2009 8:34 pm

I think as Yar says, the mainsheet acts as a traveler also. Like this...

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Re: This is the way???

Postby laybacklenny » Tue May 12, 2009 7:29 pm

Thank you David. now i can see that i am missing a block at mid boom.Things beginning to make sence to me now.
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Re: This is the way???

Postby DaveD » Tue May 12, 2009 7:53 pm

I think there is something that is supposed to clamp onto the line that runs between the two swivel blocks, in order to shorten the "travel" of the boom, to bring it in closer while sailing upwind.

That rig in the picture above is a 3:1 ratio.

I have been toying with the idea of taking a traveler from a larger boat (24 ft) and installing it across the beam between the seats, and adding a fiddle block with cam and becket. That would eliminate the runs on the stern and make it easier to control a motor or make room for other things like lights and such.

With that setup, it would be a 4:1 ratio (2 pulleys in the fiddle w/cam and 2 more in a fiddle block on the boom). This would of course bring the traveler control, the main sheets and jib sheets all within a couple of feet...making it easier for single handed sailing.

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Re: This is the way???

Postby laybacklenny » Wed May 13, 2009 5:54 am

I love this idea (set up), as a returning sailer after twenty years i do find the rear traveller a problem and i do wan't the motor with me all the time.
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Re: This is the way???

Postby yar1243 » Wed May 13, 2009 9:01 pm

That's the way I sailed the other day (fig.1). I'm thinking of putting another block on the end of the boom so the line doesn't run along the stern and would give a 4:1 and be out of the way more. What size mainsheet are you using? My blocks are less that 1". I used 5/16 line but I think I will try 1/4" the 5/16" didn't feed through the blocks that well. I'm in Florida so sailing is a year round thing here.
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Re: This is the way???

Postby laybacklenny » Fri May 29, 2009 5:12 am

Hello Yar.Would love to see a few pic's of your setup.
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Re: This is the way???

Postby DaveD » Fri May 29, 2009 9:53 am

After rigging mine up and sailing I used 1/4 on the halyards (both main and jib) and jib sheets, and used 5/16 on the mainsheet. The mainsheet wound up being 42' long. (That's with the main touching the stays for downwind runs.)

You may want to add a few feet to that if you add another pulley block to the boom (I assume you would run up to the boom instead of across the stern).
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Re: This is the way???

Postby yar1243 » Fri May 29, 2009 4:52 pm

I will set up mine and take some pic's. Give me a day or so because it's been raining here a lot. DaveD you are right about the line running to the boom and not across the back. I have an extra block or I'll use a double block and set it up that way also. My Venture has a similar setup but doesn't run along the boom the control line is at the stern.
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Re: This is the way???

Postby DaveD » Wed May 11, 2011 7:08 pm

Don't forget that by adding the extra block, you are going add line travel and it will take more line to pull in your main. You will also lose the traveller.
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