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Old 06-15-2011
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Siren 17

I just bought a Siren 17.
The former owner didn't understand much about how she ought to be rigged.
I can't make much sense of how to rig the mainsheet.
It appears the line from the boom would lead to a small block on the port side of the stern, then to a block on starboard with a cam cleat.
Thus it appears the boom will always have a port bias.
Doesn't seem right.

Secondly, the two bolts at the forward end of the "swing keel" confuse me.
Why are there two?

Finally, I'm not familiar with roller furling jibs.
The seller told me the roller furling jib luff takes the place of the forestay.
Can this be true?

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Congrats on the new boat.
Yes the furler does take the place of the forestay. As far as the mainsail, it seems there are a couple of different setups. Here is what I have seen on our dock:
Mid boom sheeting, with the mainsheet led to a swivel block on the cockpit sole...

and boom-end sheeting:

It's 5 o'clock somewhere:

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this helped me thank you!
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I have been sailing my siren for the first summer and towards the end my father and I feel that we have figured out some nice features. First The swing keel upper bolt is a lock pin, on ours I had to drag a rope under the boat and pull to get it to lock in place. (That may not be you need to do with yours.) Second the cushions inside come out to sit on while sailing, these are great on long days. Also I feel that the boom end sheeting is the best because it makes the boat feel a little bigger but if your flying solo rock it out on the sole. The boom on ours was too low on the mast and we moved it up so that the sail almost touched the top of the mast and it made a ton more head room.

There is not a ton of info out there for these so I hope this helps. It is everything that I have learned over the course of a summer. Most importantly lock the keel in place and if it is your first time learning to sail buy a heel gauge for about 10 bucks and learn that the boat heels really nice and if your new it feels like a lot more that it is. I run mine in high winds about 20 degrees although before I found out that I had the keel only half way down I nearly capsized it a few times.

Have fun and enjoy your new boat
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