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Your pearson is similar in size to my jeanneau arcadia in size etc, but a bit more modern in design etc from teh mid 80's, one of the last sort a kinda IOR half ton style boats, but not truly an IOR style, IIRC your main is 200-225 vs my current one at 160, new one in spring with full roach/battens will be 190'ish. One of my Harken spec sheets came with equal specs for the 6-1 except for the boom block(s)> As I currently have two singles for the 4-1, I would probably be doing a 2602 and 2600, ie a 2 sheeve and single sheeve vs the 2604 triple you went with. Local parts approx $ prices, 100 for the two blocks vs 90 for a 2604 triple sheave block. Not sure which option is better, cost is not worth arguing over, other than which is better and gives me more options etc down the road!
Current system is 2 1/4" pulleys, so about 57MM or there abouts, so as you mention, no need to go bigger! I am not sure I really want to go smaller. I am racing a bit, had a single reef a week ago in 25-30 knot winds. I would prefer to be a size big over just enough.
The 6-1 would be for the admiral's sake, along with those moments when racing that things get really fun! I noticed pulling on the main sheet that it was hard, not overly hard, but hard in those winds. I also have the harken windward 4-1 car as I recall you showing a pic of at this time. I may go with the 2 boom blocks as this may allow me to do the 4-1 micro later down the road with out much work, vs a single as you have done, may not be as simple, ie having to buy two blocks for the boom along with the micro adjustment blocks. BUT, it might be better in the long run to start with a 4-1, then add the micro if I need a bit more leverage etc. the main difference in you and I from what I can tell, is your more of a cruiser, I am beer can racing etc, along with some day sails and a few weekends etc.
You described the ratchet system as I was picturing it to work. The extra seems like a good thing, in case someone loses a grip on the sheet, so it would not loose whatever pulling in you have done etc.
i did see your uncontrollable mainsheet thread, but did not recall seeing the ratchmatic info in it. Then again, with 30-40 posts, things become a blur when trying to go thru threads like that!
Last edited by blt2ski; 10-15-2007 at 10:03 PM.