Re: Cam cleat placement for jib sheets?
The lead from the top of the winch coils to a coaming-top mounted cam cleat would not be good.. you'd need a fairlead to keep the line in the cleat and you DON'T want that...
Inside the coaming/on the seatbacks would work best for you, but I'd orient each one in a position that provides a natural lead from the winch drum to the cleat.. I'm thinking that that might be at a bit of an angle rather than dead vertical.. it will also mean that the starboard one is mounted forward of the winch centerline and the port one aft (think about the turn coming off the drum from a clockwise wrap and run down the inside of the coaming.. Straight vertical will work but won't be the most 'natural' lead...)
Couldn't find an image so I drew one up; this would be stbd side:
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Last edited by Faster; 03-06-2013 at 10:04 PM.