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The sails will generally pull the genoa fairleads aft... not forwards...since the sheets are under tension... and moving the cars aft is what the forces on the sheets would do. All the line-controlled genoa fairlead setups I've seen have the lines to pull the cars FORWARD...not aft. If your setup has the adjusting lines pulling the fairlead car aft, I'd love to see a photo of it—cause I have no idea how that would possibly work.
Here's an image of the Harken setup:
Oh Marty - one thing - time versus effort versus money. T tracks are fairly inexpensive - may be worthwhile just to replace them as the amount of time you will spend with the "drill baby drill" approach - may not be worth it. Even when you get the adjustable genoa cars - they still have to pop into the holes to maintain the tension unless you go with a dual forward and aft adjustment of the genoa car. The simple method like the one I added to "HG" uses the wind in the sail to pull it forward and tension on the adjusting line to hold / pull it back (mine is the Harken setup).
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Last edited by sailingdog; 10-26-2008 at 11:32 PM.