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Rigging a block-to-block boom traveler?

I just got a "new" gulf coast 20, and while she has most of the deck hardware, she is missing all the halyards, sheets, etc... So, I'm trying to figure out how everything works, and I'm feeling pretty good about it with just a couple of exceptions.

About 3 feet forward of the transom, up on the decks on both sides, are fairly decent sized (about 2.5") blocks with switches on them that make them either freely spinning or racheting. I'm assuming that somehow one rigs these up with a loop of line attached to the mainsheet to act as a traveler, but I'll be buggered if I can't wrap my brain around how it might actually work.

Anyone ever done this before? I'd appreciate any help!
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I never seen a traveller set up with rachet blocks, but they are not unusual for trimming jib sheets on smaller boats, so that would be my bet. Another use would be for spinnaker sheets, but the boat doesn't sound likely to mess with a spinnaker.

You should find a compklte boat that is for sale, and go take a look at the setup...

good luck.
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Spinnaker or Drifter Ratcheting Sheet Blocks?

I am not a racer and do not know your particular boat design but I strongly suspect that the ratcheting transom corner blocks would be for spinnaker or large light weight drifter.
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wow, good call guys!

I have yet to find any good resources for the Gulf Coast 20, but the former owner did supply me yesterday evening with one poor-quality photo of her under sail, and sure enough the mainsheet is hooked to a loop of line attached to TINY little shackles bolted to the transom. She did come with a spinnaker and whisker pole, so I suspect that the the rachet blocks are indeed for running a spinnaker.

I'm pretty sure they're not for the jib, as there are tracks on both sides just aft of the cabin that look like likely places for jib blocks. Now I just need to find blocks on slides that won't cost an arm and a leg...

At any rate, thanks for the info!

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