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post #3 of Old 11-20-2008
gmbandco
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Congrats on the Ranger. I bought a 1974 26' over the summer and was able to singlehand it before it was hauled this fall. Some additions I made:
  • A BoomKicker in place of a topping lift. It makes dropping the main (which has a light downhaul on it) a piece of cake.
  • A TillerTamer which "self steers" for me for a minute or so while I tend to the rigging. When I tack, I release the lee jib sheet, helm over, trim the main to get some headway, set the TillerTamer and then trim the jib. Good to go.
  • Winchers on the primaries and secondaries. Once I've trimmed the jib, I wrap the sheet in the Wincher groove and I'm back to the helm.
When I get the sails and tiller balanced right, she'll self steer with just a nudge or two from my knee on the tiller.

Some other improvements in the works:
  • Moving the halyard winch from the mast to the doghouse roof and adding a rope clutch - raising the main gets easier.
  • Installing a gas piston on the forward hatch so I don't have to tie it open.
  • Buying a whisker pole.
Am I out of money yet??!!

Last edited by gmbandco; 11-20-2008 at 02:20 PM.
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