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Reaching hooks for Spinnaker sheets?

In one of my sailing books, I have a few small sailboat rigging diagrams. Both of these show something that looks like clamcleats mounted near or at the shroud/turnbuckle chain plates. Although I'm not sure as it's a line drawing image and smaller details are a bit unclear. These have something to do with the spinnaker sheets, but I'm not sure exactly what they are or how the are used. Can anyone tell me what a reaching hook is? I thing this book may have been originally publish in the UK so there may also possibly be a different term in the US for these.
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Re: Reaching hooks for Spinnaker sheets?

In the old days we had a reaching strut which was a small pole mounted on the mast to help keep the sheet and guy off the shrouds when well reaching

It did require some lines to keep it in place and not whack you

I don't see them much anymore on smaller boast (35')

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Re: Reaching hooks for Spinnaker sheets?

A reaching strut holds the clew of a jib out when going downwind. The go from the clew to a fitting on the side of the mast.

The cleats you describe are likely for twings that hold the spinnaker guy down. There should be a floating block on the spinnaker sheets - pull down the one that is the guy and ease the one that is the sheet.

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In the old days we had a reaching strut which was a small pole mounted on the mast to help keep the sheet and guy off the shrouds when well reaching

It did require some lines to keep it in place and not whack you

I don't see them much anymore on smaller boast (35')
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You mean a Gaff Hook? I don't think these are for something like that. They honestly look like clamcleats that the spinnaker sheets are run through. I'll see if I can photo some pics from the book.
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Reaching strut

https://www.google.com/search?q=spin...w=1440&bih=783

various twings to control the guy

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Reaching strut

https://www.google.com/search?q=spin...w=1440&bih=783

various twings to control the guy
Thanks for sharing! I've never seen something like that.
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In one of my sailing books, I have a few small sailboat rigging diagrams. Both of these show something that looks like clamcleats mounted near or at the shroud/turnbuckle chain plates. Although I'm not sure as it's a line drawing image and smaller details are a bit unclear. These have something to do with the spinnaker sheets, but I'm not sure exactly what they are or how the are used. Can anyone tell me what a reaching hook is? I thing this book may have been originally publish in the UK so there may also possibly be a different term in the US for these.

Sounds to me like you're describing 'twingers'....

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Sounds to me like you're describing 'twingers'....

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I'm not familiar with the term "twinger" how does this differ from a "Barber hauler"?

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