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Genoa sheet routing to high side....

I have a 25 ' Morgan which I solo 90% of the time. I find myself securing my genny sheets on the high side all the time and consequently, tend to be surrounded by alot of sheet tails and tensioned sheets crossing the cockpit.
I was thinking of mounting some blocks on the aftwards coaming behind my position so I could route the sheet coming off the winch to the block and secure near me on the high side./ This would put the sheets under tension out of the way. Ideally I suppose winches there would work, but thought a snap in cheek block (like a side mounted snatch block) would be ideal. I havent found anything like that....any suggestions or different ideas?
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Re: Genoa sheet routing to high side....

Your suggestion still has you going to the low side to trim the sail on the winch. Do like the J24's do and use a ratcheting jib lead block. Go straight from the jib block to the winch on the high side.

There's no good way to get rid of lines under tension across the cockpit.

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Re: Genoa sheet routing to high side....

Hi zz
Ratcheting blocks sound good . I seldom need to winch mr Genny but point well taken maybe some time srudying other rig will help...as far as minimizing the Ahab line effect suppose a continuous sheet set up could help. I have never tried it.
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Re: Genoa sheet routing to high side....

Just use the winch on the low side as a block to route the sheet to the winch on the high side. I do this all the time.
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Re: Genoa sheet routing to high side....

Harken hexaratchets either as blocks with beckets to attach to perforated rails OR a large cheek blocks will fill this need very well, especially on boats in the size range (sail size) of a Morgan 25. If youre flying ~100%LP jibs you can enhance this hexaratchet aided system by applying a double block AT the clew of the jib for 2X multiplication of the force needed to work the jib ... and entirely without the need for a winch; the terminal end of the jib line simply running back to and affixed to the fairlead block.
The holding power of a hexaratachet is 10 pounds of 'holding power' for every 1 pound of 'tail pressure' put onto the sheet; use a double block at the jib's clew and you have the equivalent of a 20:1 winch in 'holding power'.

examples: http://www.harken.com/productcategory.aspx?taxid=1330

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Re: Genoa sheet routing to high side....

Thanks Rich....that sounds like it could be quite nice with the hexarachets and the accumulated mechanical advantage.
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