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New to sailing...rigging question

After a 30+ year wait, I finally bought my first boat. 8' Eli Scout sailing dinghy. Yeah, she's small but I figure she'll do to learn on. Really convenient as I have a good sized lake nearby that I can sail her on.

Have a couple of rigging questions, however. I'm trying to figure out how to attach the clew to the boom. A picture of the end of the boom is attached.

The clew was tied to the top loop. There isn't room for an outhaul. Am I ok in just doing the same??? What knots would be best for doing so? It was a mess, and the cord was in pretty bad shape, hence the reason I cut it. Is there a way to do it with hardware instead??

Second question is about the mainsheet. I'm thinking tie it to the bottom eye on the boom, down to the traveler block, then up through the two blocks (one you see in the picture) on the boom. Am I on the right track with that???


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Re: New to sailing...rigging question

On a little boat like that I usually just use a short length of line and put a bowline in one end.
Thread it through the clue and the boom fitting, put the bitter end through the bowline and cinch it up.
Secure with a couple half hitches.
Not pretty but fast and simple.

There are a dozen ways to lash it with a piece of light line.
Anything that works.
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Re: New to sailing...rigging question

Congratulations! Did you see the thread about the Chesapeake SN meet-up? You might consider bringing the boat there to get some advice.

Harken has some great information on rigging:
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Both the Systems and One Design sections may be of interest.
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Re: New to sailing...rigging question

Might be a bit more involved than what I need, although it opens up another question. I don't have anywhere to cleat off the mainsheet. How big a problem will it be to handhold it while I sail??? Previous owner added some cleats, but nothing near the center of the boat.
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Re: New to sailing...rigging question

Hand held will work...until ya get tired of it ! Any common garden variety cleat will work. Lotsa small clam cleats available for dinks on E-bay or marina stores fer cheapish. I prefer a clam to horn; as it's quicker to douse the sail in a gust.
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Re: New to sailing...rigging question

Something like this might work:
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Re: New to sailing...rigging question

On an 8 ft boat it should be no problem holding the sheet. It also really helps you to get a feel for the boat - the force on the main sheet is telling you a lot about wind strength and sail trim. Lastly, having a main sheet you hold makes it quite hard to capsize the boat.
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Yeah, not capsizing is always a good goal. I'm a bit concerned about getting back in, should I end up in the drink.
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Re: New to sailing...rigging question

In a sailing dinghy your teeth make a good clam cleat

Your description about how to rig the mainsheet was probably the correct way to rig it.
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Re: New to sailing...rigging question

Having a chance to look a little more closely at the spars, the boom has a cleat on one side. I guess it is set up for an outhaul, unless there's something else I'm missing. I'm figuring a buntline hitch at the clew, run through the loop on the end, and then cleat it off.
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