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Re: Thoughts on jib sheeting inside the shrouds
It can be helpful, as you can 'close' the angle of attack of the sheeted in sail, and it will certainly be more adjustable than moving a snatch block along a perforated rail.
It will limit the headsail size, though - if you bring the clew inside the shrouds - to a sail that won't run the leach into the spreaders. However if the track is long enough a genoa could be sheeted in at a better angle as long as the camber of the sail will accomodate the spreader/shroud without excessive chafe. Another thing that will crop up that may not now is chafe along the coamings and cabinsides with the new, narrower leads to the winches.
Then there's the issue of actual gain.. the boat sorta has to be designed to work with that rig configuration and in some cases the underbody won't support your new 'pointing' ability and you'll suffer from enough leeway to wipe out the perceived improvement in 'pointing'.
But it 'looks' faster!! Worth a try if you don't mind spending a few bucks. Just be sure to properly back (and seal) the track installation.. the loads can be considerable and you don't want soggy deck core a couple of years down the road.
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