Forgive my ignorance, but what is the name of the piece of rigging that runs from the end of the boom to a traveler on the stern of a sailboat? It's part of the mainsheet, but does it have a specific name in that configuration?
Well, the little pinned wheels the sheet runs around are called sheaves
. The frames in which they're mounted are called blocks
, as are the assemblies. When one-or-more blocks are combined with line (such as your mainsheet), the assembly is referred-to as tackle
I need to get a new one for my boat and I'm not sure what to look for.
It isn't quite that simple. Do you need one or both new blocks, new line, or all of the above? Are you simply looking to replace what you have because something broke or is obviously worn/degraded, are you trying to increase your purchase
, increase the speed with which you can adjust your mainsheet, increase load-handling capability, add fine-tuning capability, or some combination of these?
What kind of boat do you have? At what point on the boom is your mainsheet tackle attached? (Sounds like end-boom sheeting, from what you've said so far.)