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What is she looking for, faster sheeting or more power for handling the loads?
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IIRC, Denise is looking for more power, since the 4:1 is a bit underpowered for a 30' sailboat IMHO.

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The image you posted isn't a double ended mainsheet... it's a 6:1 with a 24:1 fine tune... and doesn't dump any faster than a traditional 6:1 mainsheet, but does give you more leverage for fine-tuning...

I don't believe she's looking for a faster setup, but a more powerful one.

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SD, I said "something more like this". The 4:1 coarse/fine set-up on the Harken web site is a mess and difficult to follow, so I posted something closer to what I had in mind. It's the PRINCIPLE we're talking about here!... Double-ended mainsheet, tackle on one end.. Silly Puppy!

If the 4:1 is too slow, she could probably trial a 2:1 coarse with a 6:1 fine adjustment, but with no pics of the current set-up it's a bit difficult to call. This might seem extreme at first (using the 'fine' adjustment for normal non-gusty mainsheet control), but you do get used to it - eventually..

Makes gybing quicker too!


Denise, I'm sure you'd be able to modify what you've got - it shouldn't be too expensive.

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We have the harken 4:1/8:1 combo unit, you pull one line for 8:1 power OR both for 4:1 speed and there both right in the same place

BUT its a LOT of rope to dump

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What size and type is your mainsheet line?
What is the size of your main, in Sq Ft?
I'll assume its mid boom sheeting?

edit: I'm coming up w/ a rough estimate of 173 Sq Ft. Go with a 5:1 and use a single braid mainsheet of smaller diameter. 3/8" should do the trick. Look into Apex, salsa braid, etc. It runs free (which means reduced friction) is easy on the hands, and doesn't twist up like double braid.

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As I said before I have a 4-1 It was suggested I need 6-1 and I agree.

Is someting like what I have now. NOt sure of the model it's been a couple of yrs now.

I'd love to add a block to the boom. it's not mid boom more like75% back from the mast. and the Traveler is across the companion way. very rugged. but in stronger winds the mainsheet is very hard to pull. If I release it, it screams out when a gust hits. but I'm sure that's typical. I've a couple of spare Garhauer blocks laying about. would love to add one. make it 5 -1 maybe?

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And to the original question, try a bunch of different ways to route the line on a tripple block. If you go all in the same direction the block will try to twist.

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zz4 is almost spot on in mainsail area I think. 174 main is a lot smaller than jib thats about 100 bigger I believe. Perhaps a fine tuning addition to her present set up would make trimming and just holding on to the sheet easier for her.
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6:1 would definitely work, but then you'll have 50+ feet of mainsheet in the cockpit most of the time.

Depending on how the G blocks are made you might be able to lash one on the becket making it a 3 sheeve block. That would be the cheapest way to add a block. Otherwise, you may be in the market for something a bit more expensive.

I'll see if I can draw a picture.

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