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I have no furling genoa fairlead tracks...

... and need some. Here's what the rail of my O'Day 20 looks like:

The boat has a ~130% genoa and I've been leading the sheets straight back to the "eyed" cam cleat just below the orange strap in the 2nd picture. I haven't studied it too closely, but my guess is that the sheets are not making an optimal angle to the sail. Also, if I reef the sail down at all on the furler, the angle changes.

The trouble I see is that there is not really any good place to put a fairlead system. If I put it on the lower part of the rail, it won't run cleanly to the clean on the upper part. I don't see there being enough room on the upper part (where the other cleats are now).

I also don't understand how the lines were lead on the original jib sail, since the same problem exists when running the sheet from the fixed fairlead just aft of the chainplate to the cleat: the sheet would necessarily rub on the edge of the upper part of the "rail".

Anyone have any thoughts on a solution?
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Re: I have no furling genoa fairlead tracks...

I think the intention was to use the fixed stand-up block on deck... But can certainly see the issue with leading to the existing cleats. Of course as you reef that lead position will not be ideal..in fact it may rarely be "right".

I'd probably look into adding a fairlead on the forward part of the coaming and re-orient you cam cleat to get rid of the 90degree turn there, or use the horn cleat instead. So you'd use the block on deck and then over a fairlead/padeye to the cleat on the coaming.

You might also get another sailor to see if a lead to the coaming top direct works for the fully deployed 130. Then a short track added there might work. Adding tracks on deck will leave with similar lead issues.

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