I have a 28' boat, with a 6:1 mainsheet system, and we need every bit of it. How large is the main on your boat? Mine is about 250 sq. ft.
Pretty close. The sailplan calls for a 11.8' clew. I just called it 12'. The mainsheet attachment point is 4' from the end of the boom, which is about 13' long. (I did a rough measurement of the boom, w/o removing the sail cover, yesterday.)
Everything's relative. We both find the traveler to be easy to move, wherever we want, on any tack and, so far, regardless of wind strength. So maybe we ought to be relying more on that and less on the mainsheet.
We'll give a new 4:1 system a try. If it's still too much, I'll look to increasing it to a 5:1 or 6:1 system. My goodness, it's only a 30' boat. Had one experienced sailor yesterday tell me there's nothing wrong with the blocks we have, just file down the teeth in the cleat a bit, and change the angle a bit if we can.
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