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Mainsheet block chafing.

The first picture is the big picture the second picture is a zoom in on something that doesn't look right to me.

I was thinking that just adding another shackle to one of the blocks will make it low enough to not cause a problem.
I'm surprised that it is like this as the setup does not seem new.
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Re: Mainsheet block chafing.

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The first block should have a becket to attach the mainsheet to - someone took a shortcut.
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Re: Mainsheet block chafing.

If you don't want to pay for a new block with a becket as Miti correctly pointed out, it looks like you would get a more fair purchase by moving it to the forward padeye so it shares with the other block.

Would only take seconds to check it out.
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Re: Mainsheet block chafing.

You might see if the straps can be moved in the groove of the boom, so the lines lead more fairly (position the block directly above the traveler)..

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Re: Mainsheet block chafing.

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The first block should have a becket to attach the mainsheet to - someone took a shortcut.
Mitiempo is correct. However, you can save the cost of replacing the outboard block by picking up a short Spectra loop and passing one end each through the forward and aft beckets on the underside of the boom and then connecting the shackle at the bitter end of the sheet through the ends of the loop, which will hold it clear between the fore and aft blocks.

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Re: Mainsheet block chafing.

You might just try moving the terminating eye of the mainsheet to the forward strap> If it leads clear there, than that is the way it was intended to be rigged.
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You might see if the straps can be moved in the groove of the boom, so the lines lead more fairly (position the block directly above the traveler)..
This is an interesting idea. I would think that if the sheet was straight up and down it would have better leverage. But maybe the location was chosen because of loading issues on the boom.
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Re: Mainsheet block chafing.

Quite often mid boom sheeting has blocks spaced out on the boom to spread the load out.

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