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Old 12-01-2008
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Morgan 35 - Boom!

This is really a question of how to ease the outhaul on my somewhat modified but, I think, still mostly original boom on my Morgan classic 35.

Someone along the way (this is a 1971 model, hull #113) shortened the boom and converted it so that the main is sheeted over a traveller in the cockpit in front of the binnacle. I only realized recently that it used to be a roller-reefing boom. There is still a hex-fitting in the boom at the gooseneck that rolls the boom if you insert a short crank and rotate either way.

The outhaul is tightened by inserting the same hex-crank into another fitting near the gooseneck. It turns only one way, pulling a wire that tensions the outhaul. The problem is, there seems to be no way to release the tension, and in my experimenting, I managed to tighten the thing enough so that I need a short line now to attach the clew to the outhaul fitting on the aft end of the boom.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?
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