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Intro/Spinlock XAS clutches
This is my first post, so I guess a brief intro is in order before I ask questions: I live near DC and have sailed a bit in the Chesapeake and also chartered (bareboat in the FWI) and delivered (coastal Maine) bigger boats a few times with more experienced folks. But most of my sailing has been up in Casco Bay, Maine. I just got a 1978 J/24 that is in pretty good condition. She's a bit aged for any serious racing (though I will casually race her in the island yacht club events when I'm up there), so I'm really just interested in making her a little more singlehand/cruise friendly. I'm starting small:
1) jib prefeed --she has a very old metal dual-track racing foil that hangs up without contant attention when raising sail. I figure a prefeed will help.
Q1: Is anyone using these things and do they work? Will the $100 Signet (or such) be significantly better than the $40 versions by Schaeffer et al?
2) I want to replace the ancient halyard jam cleats (which are backed by a good winch). They are very difficult to release under tension, which makes me a little nervous and leaves my wife unable to assist. I'm thinking Spinlock XAS clutches, which I'm hoping can be released without significant strength/intake using the winch. Will this work? Any opinions on the product?
3) Finally, gonna paint the interior and looking for any recommendations on paint and/or things to keep in mind/watch out for.....
To much. Sorry. Antway, glad to have found this excellent resource and lloking forward to sticking around a while............
Last edited by Porrick; 12-26-2006 at 05:02 PM.