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Pearson 27 Mainsheet system

A friend just bought a Pearson 26. I was checking over the boat and asked about the whereabouts of the main-sheet and block etc.

it appears as if the PO can't find them.
It has end boom sheeting.
It has a traveler on the transom.

We had the boss check the heft of the 3/8" line compared to the 7/16" line and were not surprised to find she preferred the 7/16".

So what is the typical purchase setup on this boat. They are not racing, they are new sailors husband and wife. 4 to 1, more?

The only thing we could find a WM was this:
Part 053 and 058

Little Fiddle Block with Becket, 500lb. SWL, 7.0oz. from HARKEN

But that is only for 3/8" line.
Also I'm not sure that 4 to 1 is enough.

What would you recommend.
I'm going to recommend that they ask the PO to look a little harder for one thing. We are talking couple three hundred.

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4 to 1 should be fine, for an end of boom sheeting on a 26 foot boat
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David,
If I was replacing the mainsheet blocks on a boat that size I'd definitely get a Hexaratchet block. I sail often sail with a retired friend who was badly injured in a car wreck. His legs and hip were messed up and when the boat heels over hard it is rough on him. I convinced him to give the hexaratchet a try and he loves it. He can hold the load on the main comfortably with one hand and dump it if needed. It has enabled him to sail more often with less worry. I had one on a Hunter 27 and felt the same way about it.

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If I was replacing the mainsheet blocks on a boat that size I'd definitely get a Hexaratchet block.
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I'm glad you brought the hexaratchet up. I was reminded of them as I was just looking at the catalog.

On dinghy's and Hobies they are the norm but do people really find that they help that much on a 26' boat. If you are not racing don't you usually just set the main-sheet and sail?
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It depends on whether you want to have the sail trimmed perfectly, or just chill. I vary between the two.
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David,
We use two fiddle blocks (one with becket and adjustable cam cleat) hardware parts on our Tartan 27' for the main end boom sheeting. I am pretty sure that 7/16ths line works well for us and is good for handling.
If you have to replace the main sheet blocks & tackle DO check out Garhauer for additional parts. Garhauer Marine Hardware -943260
Usually much cheaper then Harken or WM and good quality.
The Pearson 26 is just a slightly smaller cousin of my boat without a center board. Pretty cool old boat.
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I'm thinking of the following?
Can not find rachet block from Garhouer

Fiddle Blocks with Becket, Cam Cleat and Adjustable Shackle
30-06 UAB
length: 8-1/2 width: 4-1/2
weight: 14 oz shackle: 1/4
sheave diameter: 2-5/8

Anodized black aluminum Comes with set screw to make it fixed shackle Safe working load 2000 lbs

$49.00


Fiddle Blocks with Adjustable Shackle
30-01 UAB
length: 7-3/8 width: 2-9/16
weight: 9 OZ shackle: 1/4
sheave diameter: 2-5/8

Anodized black aluminum Comes with set screw to make it fixed shackle Safe working load 2000 lbs

$29.28

They donn't seem to make them with ratchet though.

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David,
We use two fiddle blocks (one with becket and adjustable cam cleat) hardware parts on our Tartan 27' for the main end boom sheeting. I am pretty sure that 7/16ths line works well for us and is good for handling.
If you have to replace the main sheet blocks & tackle DO check out Garhauer for additional parts. Garhauer Marine Hardware -943260
Usually much cheaper then Harken or WM and good quality.
The Pearson 26 is just a slightly smaller cousin of my boat without a center board. Pretty cool old boat.
Thanks Caleb. So you have 4 to 1 sheeting.
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I agree Garhauer is very good value and well made. But if you go to Harken's site they have examples of various sheeting arrangements and Compu Spec will tell you what is recommended for any boat in their database (thousands), whether mid or end boom sheeting as well as racing or cruising. They will also tell you loads on sheets at various wind speeds. It can be printed out. Then go to Garhauer and purchase if you wish.
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Thanks Caleb. So you have 4 to 1 sheeting.
Yes indeed.
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