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Perhaps a connecting point for a preventer?
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not the topping lift. another thing is there are two blocks on the side of the boom with a line running the length of them. I haven't figured out what this is used for either. Oh the joys of learning sailing gear on another persons boat.
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The blocks on the side of the boom are probably for reefing lines. If the blocks are almost the length of the boom apart, you're probably looking at what was left of a single-line reefing setup.

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not the topping lift. another thing is there are two blocks on the side of the boom with a line running the length of them. I haven't figured out what this is used for either. Oh the joys of learning sailing gear on another persons boat.
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My main sheet is attach to blocks.

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haha I was just reading another thread that was talking about something like that. I might need to learn how to utilize that. How does that work? Do you just run it through the reefing point and through the the blocks to the aft part of the boom?
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hey denby... Are those your halyards that seem to be sitting up the spreaders just out of arms reach?
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Denby, If the main sheet is attached to a single point with a fiddle block, it is usually attached with a boom bail.
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hey denby... Are those your halyards that seem to be sitting up the spreaders just out of arms reach?
No those are the blocks for the lazy jacks. That photo was taken when I bought the boat and it was still in storage, It had been there for about one year.
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End boom sheeting is usually a fiddle block (4:1) or a triple block (6:1) which is shackled to a boom bail. Those with weird midboom sheeting wouldn't understand that... since they need to spread the load out to prevent breaking the boom.
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Denby, If the main sheet is attached to a single point with a fiddle block, it is usually attached with a boom bail.
Is that configuration on smaller boats? The smallest boat I've been on is a 30 ft. I don't think I've seen one, can you or dog post a photo?
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