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I was thinking this is a tell tale type thing? Am I right? I have them on my port and starboard shrouds.



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Not sure what it is called but I suspect it's job is to help prevent the halyards from getting "stuck" on the wrong side of the shrouds. An ongoing and irritating issue with my Contessa 26. I stand corrected but I believe it should be mounted where the shroud meets the spreader.

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They are rollers to assist with the sail travelling over the shrouds when tacking.
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Do they work? I've not seen them on other boats...

And yes, they are down by the spreaders.
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Had them on my Hobie 18 back in '80
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You usually see them on the lifelines up forward to assist where the genoa passes over the lifelines, not on the shrouds.
Cant personally attest to whether they work or not but I see them all lot so must be some value to them.
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Cool, thanks for the input!
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It's a shroud roller, made by Davis or one of their competitors, should be mounted near spreader
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It's a shroud roller, made by Davis or one of their competitors, should be mounted near spreader
Correct, designed to keep the leach of an overlapping sail from coming in contact with a spreader tip. Davis also made (may still make) split shroud rollers that allow the clew of a sail to roll over the shrouds when tacking. I've got one on my Baby-stay but cannot find any large enough for our shrouds (and I'm not fond of the home made PVC pipe versions!).
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Might be called a shroud roller, but we always called them genoa rollers or headsail rollers. Installed on the upper lifeline, not the shroud, so a honking big headsail pops over the lifeline easily. Less wear on the sail.
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