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post #5 of Old 12-06-2011
1975 Newport 28
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I have a downhaul on my jib, and I run the line outside all of the hanks and hook it to the second hank from the top. I have a small bowline at the end of the line, and put the hank right through its loop and clip it on. There's a small block at the foot of the forestay, and a couple more small blocks clipped to the toe rail at intervals to lead the line back to the cockpit.

I make sure the downhaul is taut all the way back to the cockpit and run it through a cam cleat to maintain the tension. Once I raise the jib, I re-tension the downhaul with the cleat again. That keeps the line parallel to the forestay and right next to it, and keeps the line from getting wrapped around anything while tacking.

When I'm ready to drop the jib, I have the downhaul in my right hand and the jib halyard in my left. As soon as I pop the halyard I start hauling down, and usually everything goes just fine.

I don't think it's possible to make a perfect system, but mine probably works a good 99% of the time. It's rare that it catches on anything and requires a trip forward.

S/V Free Spirit

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