Running the mainsheet from the back?

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by sunstorm87, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Fred P

    Fred P Member

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    Considering the additional leverage on the boom from a force at the rear, can the boom be more easily broken at the gooseneck or elsewhere?

    Fred
     
  2. Zeppo

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    The most efficient place to mount your mainsheet is at the end of the boom, with the mainsheet pulling down at a right angle to the boom. Obviously this won't work on a SF as the end of the boom is aft of the transom. The next best thing would be to run it as far aft as possible. The further forward you attach the mainsheet to the boom the greater the loads are on the hardware at that point.
     
  3. sunstorm87

    sunstorm87 New Member

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    Talked to the manufacture today. In their perspective, running a 2:1 purchase with a harken 57mm ratchet/cam/swivel with becket on the bridal and the rear traveler block on the boom, shouldn't be an issue. They said, it could possibly be harder to sheet in, but load wise they said it should be ok. Though they were not entirely sure, i'm going to move forward and see if this works at all. Hopefully at least it will be better on those light to moderate wind days where it is enjoyable to bring more people along, and switch it to the normal setup for those windy days solo.

    BC
     
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Member Emeritus

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    … a communication practice adopted from sailing ships. :rolleyes:



    The Sunfish vang is described and illustrated both in The Sunfish Bible and at the Starboard Passage website.
    http://www.starboardpassage.com


    Have you run out of outhaul (and uphaul) adjustment? If so, your sail is blown out … time for a new sail.



    That was my thought too. It will be the calculated risk, especially with two adults aboard in a strong wind.



    You can always go to a 3:1 system.
     
  5. ivy

    ivy New Member

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    As it's a mere 40 years old, it must just be hitting it's prime...
     
  6. Wayne

    Wayne Member Emeritus

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    That must be it..., the model for the race sail.

    And after it goes another 20 years you can always get $100 for it on ebay... :eek:
     

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