I have difficulty in seeing gusts approach and anticipating on them. I just see waves... What are the telltale signs?
For instance in this video:
Can you tell me how the sailor can see a gust is approaching the boat?
I bought a Harken 369 stand up boot to replace the stand up spring for the main sheet block.
Installing it seems very challenging. I found a video from APS, but this boot is very small indeed (although the recommended size by Harken.
Anyone experience in using a boot instead of a spring, and...
A couple of days ago I noticed that Harken used to make a 'spring cup' : a plastic washer with an edge that helps to seat the spring to keep the mainsheet ratchet block upright.
Now it is apparently discontinued.
Did anyone of you use such a spring cup?
I was looking at replacing some of the hardware and simultaneously replacing the mounting hardware.
I have downloaded the official Laser parts diagrams. Now all screw sizes are imperial, and I have to find the nearest metric size. Apparantly size 10 is 4.8mm. But 5/8" = 16mm is not a normal...
Thank you both for your feedback. We actually have stores like these here too. They sell Chinese tools under their own brand name. I asked at the store, but the staff told me that although it has the capacity to handle large rivets, it can not handle the loads for stainless rivets.
I found out that you need quite a serious riveting tool to set stainless rivets of the size required for the boom hardware. The price of the tool (European leading brand Gesipa) is about the price of a new boom :(