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post #2 of Old 09-10-2008
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on the sheila yeates , a gaff topsail ketch i sailed on (50 ft on deck) the halyard went through a block on the gaff close to the throat & back up to the top of the mainmast which was about 5 ft above when the throat was all . the way up. when the peak was raised the gaff was at about a 55 degree angle. .the gaff topsail was sent up on a vertical gaff that extended above the topmast & was sheeted at the outer end of the lower gaff. when you raised the gaff (not the gaff topsail) it had to be horizontal till it was all the way up, then the peak was raised up . if you didn't do it this way it would jam. i hope this helps.
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