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Re: Need help selecting Jib Tracks.
Let me add another option to your pallet of choices. I use a modified Barber Hauler. I don't know why somebody thought he should have a need to haul his barber, but, maybe it was a lousy shave. Who knows. Anyway, on mine, I've made the hauler a continuous loop around two blocks, shackled to the toe rail; one just ahead of the cockpit winch and one forward, about 8' from the bow. The loop is made of 3/16" StaSet (1400 lb tensile). It passes through the snap shackle of the jib block, around both blocks, then both bitter ends are tie to the shackle. So, if you pull on one of the lines, the jib block will travel. The trick is to lock it in place. So far, I've done this with, of all things, a clothes line tensioner (flunky, I know). I am building a set of blocks that will lock the line with a lever. But, truthfully, the block won't go anywhere unless you haul on a line. This set up works very well and costs about $50.
Now to placate the nay-sayers. Your sail is about 230 sf and will see about 400 pounds of load in a 20 knots of breeze. That's about 200 pounds on line that can take 1400 pounds [1400/2 (for knots) * 2 (because there's 2 of them)] At 30 knots (a) you should be motoring back by now (b) that's 450 pounds per line and still be way below safety for the Staset. Use Ronstan Series 40 blocks with a MWL of 880 pounds (I bought 2 for $10 each on EBAY).
Check out the jpg. Try it out an save some money. Or try it out with spare hardware, decide that it sucks, and then spend the money.
Gotta go before the boss comes around.