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Mainsheet line and tackle.
Boat is 25', mid-boom sheeting with a sail area of about 170sq ft.
I'm looking to replace my mainsheet (line), and eventually the tackle that goes with it. I'm not sure what it currently has for line, but its getting old. Still comfortable and usable, but it doesn't run fast enough when dumping in light air. I also have the original Harken fiddle blocks for a 4:1 purchase (probably not helping with the friction).
I usually have no trouble adjusting the 4:1, but have thought about a fine trim addition. Maybe a cascade to give me 8:1. I've seen other merits pull the boom down below horizontal to get the leech closed, and mine is no different. Problem with this, is the big fiddle blocks don't leave much room for an additional purchase. So I'd probably have to go with double blocks to make the switch.
Now for solutions, I'm currently trying to get weight out of the stern (who isn't) and this would give me an opportunity to lighten up the tackle. Along with replacing the line with new 3/8" this should solve my slow dump issue (that sounds like a medical problem...). Any suggestions on what blocks to use? I like the Harken Carbo blocks (light) but not sure what line I should use. I'm hoping to get one that
has great grip
doesn't absorb water
easy to splice
Please let me know any suggestions you might have. Also, let me know if you have a "fine trim" on your main and how much you use it. Feel free to tell me just to "man up" and stick with the 4:1 as well. Thanks in advance.
Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"