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Old 09-20-2007
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Unmanageable Mainsheet

We've encountered a bit of a problem with our new-to-us Pearson P30. When close hauled or on a close reach in any kind of air at all, we find the mainsheet basically unmanageable. Sometimes we can't even get the mainsheet out of the cam cleat and, even if we do, even I am not strong enough to trim the main in sometimes. (It's not like I'm about to win any strongman competitions, but I'm no 90 lb. weakling, either.) We find ourselves sometimes having to pinch up enough to depower the main. As you can imagine: This doesn't do good things for ones speed.

The thing that gets us is the PO used to race our boat. We're wondering how in Neptune's name they managed that mainsheet? We're wondering if we're doing something wrong, but cannot imagine what.

We're wondering if we need to upgrade something? Here's what things currently look like:





The P30 normally has the traveller in the back. The PO moved it up and upgraded it to that Harken traveller you see in the 1st and 3rd pictures. That works like a charm .

That cam cleat has pretty aggressive teeth. Once that thing clamps on, under load, it takes two strong men and a boy to get it loose.

What do y'all think?

TIA,
Jim
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