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What is this, can I hook a block to it?

I have this weird T-shaped thing (with handlebars) near the front of my bow just after my furling gear (see photos).







Can anyone tell me what this is for? I was hoping I could figure a way to attach a block to it (via a strop?) to control the tackline (downhaul?) for a future asymmetric spin.

If that won't work, what would you recommend for attaching a block to for the tackline (given the photos above)?

I'd really appreciate any thoughts or guidance!
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Re: What is this, can I hook a block to it?

It's a pair of tack hooks.. Meant to be used so you can quickly and easily hook in the tack of a headsail, and be able to connect a second before you dropped the first. With the curler you have now the are kind of redundant. You could attach a block but how to keep the block secure will be an issue.

Maybe use some kind of lashing over both hooks with the block centered between them..
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Re: What is this, can I hook a block to it?

When your boat had hank on head sail/s that is where the bottom corner (the tack) grommet hooks on.
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Re: What is this, can I hook a block to it?

That makes sense - thank you!
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Re: What is this, can I hook a block to it?

Drill a hole through it large enough for a shackle.
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Re: What is this, can I hook a block to it?

It could also be a place to hook your jib sheets when you fly your spin to get them out of the way. I use a small bungee for that.
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Re: What is this, can I hook a block to it?

The tack hooks are frequently used to change jibs when racing. Note that your head foil has two slots for the bolt ropes of jibs. Normally you set up the tack of the jib in the same side (port or starboard) that you'll put the boltrope.

To change the jib, run the second jib up the vacant grove in the foil and affix the tack to the vacant tack hook. Normally you do this by putting the new jib up on the windward side, therefore, if the old jib is in the port groove you'd, when on starboard tack, raise the new jib in the starboard grove and affix the tack to the starboard horn. Once you get the new jib up and a sheet or sheets affixed, you tack, trim in the new jib, and drop the old jib inside of the new jib.

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Is that a san juan 7.7? I have the exact same piece on my 7.7, I actually use them as I don't have furling.
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