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Rascal hiking straps
I have an old Ray Greene Rascal (one of the original early 1960's versions). I found some old literature that mentioned hiking straps as being available as an option. Mine has none and there are no mounting holes or other indications that they ever existed in this boat in the past.
Does anyone have specific suggestions on where in the hull to attach some straps? I am an engineer and certainly have a lot of knowledge about material strength, but I am also open to suggestions, should someone happen to have a Rascal that came equipped with straps.
I am also curious about the strength of the shrouds and associated plates attached to the hull. I am new to sailing and thus do not have experience with typical failure modes of the shroud system due to high loading. I have been sailing this boat in stiff winds and am wanting to find the limits of hiking force I should be applying.
Given that this 14', 400 pound boat has an SA/D value of around 34, my first thought is that this boat was not designed for heavy air.
On a slightly related note; I recently realized that the boom that came with this boat is a roller-reefer style. But if one were to roll up part of the main onto the boom, then would a mid-boom block still be used for the main-sheet? When I bought this boat three years ago, the main-sheet rigging looked way off and was not very functional. Part of my upgrade involved adding a strap at mid-boom for hanging a block on a swivel. So this would obviously not work with the main rolled up.
Please see attached photo showing my main-sheet set-up. Anything look wrong about this?