Originally Posted by CapnHand
I appreciate the answers so far, but they don't provide what I want, or else I don't fully undestand PBzeer's post and tdw's cryptic reference back to it (quite possible).
- Has anyone tried something like this? Skipjacks
- If so, how well do they work?
- Was it 'more trouble than it's worth'? (actually doesn't look like a lot of trouble)
- Do you see any way to improve on this design?
- Do you know of a different / better way?
Should apologise. My dig at PB is based on his political leanings. Nowt to do with your query. Just me being a smart aleck.
The Skipjack idea seems quite feasible. To be honest I hadn't thought of bringing the jacks down to boom rather than forward to the mast but I can see no reason why it wouldn't work. I guess my thought (and PBs too ) was that taking them forward to the mast is such a quick and easy thing to do that I saw no reason to further complicate the situation.
I suppose my main point is that when you drop your main you have to go forward to remove the main halyard from the mainsail anyway so deploying the lazy jacks
and the topping lift is just as easy to do from the mast as it would be from the cockpit. I also take a little extra time and flake the main down rather than simply letting it fall willy nilly.
Thinking about it further, I'd guess that there must be a way of leaving your main halyard attached to the sail as long as you have a downhaul that can re tension the halyard after the sail is down. Then all that handling can be done from the cockpit. I also take my main halyard back to the end of the boom when at rest to prevent it slapping against the mast. Alex has a single line furler
on G , perhaps it's possible to also rig
up a similar idea for the main halyard. I've not thought that idea through.
My main question remains which is, does it all really achieve anything ? I guess again that some of us don't have a problem with going forward where others do. One other issue is that Giulietta has a lot more room under the dodger for all those stoppers and winches
. Raven is shorter and less beamy than G and I'd have difficulty getting all that installed in a way that would allow the winch
handle to arc through 360 degrees but I'm sure that with a bit of thought something could be worked out.
I'd suspect , by the way, that Alex's method is excellently thought out and that if he either approves of the Skipjack method or has an alternative then listen to him.
ps - Saturday, weather permitting is going to be a work day (boat work that is) so I'll sit and ponder all this when on board and report back next week.