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post #11 of 16 Old 02-27-2009
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We had a Catalina 27 that was factory setup with 3 connections on the boom. The PO changed it to one connection in the center.
Yep we bent the boom.
Interesting though that we bent it when the main was reefed. Your bolt rope idea may actually have some merit because it never bent in higher wind with the sail fully extended but it did bend when reefed.

The lesson I learned is that I will never change anything on a production boat to make it less strong. The theory is that the designer probably ran the numbers pretty close to what they could get away with to reduce cost and weight.

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From the way the boat is set up currently without a traveller, it does not appear that precision leech control is a major factor for you. This means that one way around the problem of the mainsheet interfering with the dodger/companionway might be to move the sheet to the end of the boom and down to a fiddle block and cam cleat attached to the cockpit floor or a barney post forward of the binnacle. Be sure to spread out the loads on the cockpit floor with backing plates or you'll end up pulling the fitting out! Use ball-bearing blocks to make adjusting the sail easier. It looks like your current setup provides you 6:1 mechanical advantage. Do you use a winch on it as well? If you do, a hexarachet block in the new mix might be helpful, if you don't have a winch in the cockpit you can use for the mainsheet.
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paul no winch needed , even in 20 knot winds with full sail up, pulls in just fine , and she is a tall rig. i will say one thing pulling it in takes a lot of line movement, probably about 20 feet of it
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Hi Scottyt
We had the same configuration aboard the Mirage 25 (Canadian made boat). We were able to move the sheeting aft abit and put a windward traveller in the cockpit aft the companionway entrence. Our lazarettes are more aft and we were able to purchase a traveller track from Barton that would span the open cockpit space. Installation was easy enough, but took about a full day, Barton provided excellant installation instructions. We put a solid backing plate on it from under the cockpit area. We only moved the mailsail sheeting on the boom by about 6 inches aft.
Immensely improved performance and being able to have a full enclosure is the payoff to have step over the windward traveller track in the cockpit, one becomes used to it after about a week of solid sailng.

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okay emkay just posted this for sale add over at anything sailing. its a hunter 27 with a dodger, they moved the bails on the boom one hole forward, about 6 inches. they also installed a traveler, but if you look at the pic of the travler you can see the one old hole aft of the boom bails. now i have something to work from

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If you go that route (traveller on cabintop) you may want to reinforce the boom with a sleeve inside (or out). You'll also probably need to reinforce the cabin top in the way of the traveller. As noted in the earlier threads, there's a lot of leverage involved moving things in towards the gooseneck.
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