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soapysails 07-19-2010 07:28 AM

New to the Siren 17
Hi folks, as a new Siren 17 owner, I would appreciate any and all help from the group.
Do any of you know an owner in the US or Canada that might be willing to help me with proper rigging questions..
2. I can't seem to find a currently active Siren 17 group.

Thanks in advance,:confused:

bljones 07-19-2010 07:34 AM

Good timing. I spent a couple of hours yesterday helping a new Siren 17 owner sort out the rigging on his boat, adding a topping lift and repairing the outhaul. Ask your questions and I'll try to help.

soapysails 07-19-2010 09:05 AM

Thanks for the reply. Would you be willing to receive a phone call ? (my dime) I have a few questions, Frankly I'm a bit embarrassed to ask on the forum. Here are two: One has to do with the proper rigging of the "jiffy-Furling" Another is regarding the main sheet system.

bljones 07-19-2010 09:15 AM

Regarding jiffy reefing, or slab reefing, your system probably looks a lot like this:

bljones 07-19-2010 09:21 AM

And here's the tackle for the mainsheet:

See that snap shackle at the top? That snaps onto a pad eye (or an eye strap) on the boom, like you see here.

Keep 'em coming, there's no such thing as a stupid question. I'd be happy to take a phone call, but this is likely faster and more productive- I can attach a photo which will explain things better and more quickly then a verbal description via Ma Bell.

bljones 07-19-2010 09:32 AM

Some Sirens had their main sheets at the end of the boom. That layout looks like this:

bljones 07-19-2010 09:43 AM

btw, for more info, here is that address of the owner's group:

sirenowners : Siren Owners

soapysails 07-19-2010 11:12 AM

The pictures and drawings are worth their weight in gold.

Again, thanks mate

ToMeg 07-26-2010 11:13 AM

I'm a new sailer about to dump 2000 bucks into a 1977 siren. All that info was pretty useful in regards to what to inspect. Before I seal the deal is there any advice on where to look for defects that would cost big bucks to fix. The hull and spars look good and I don't mind investing a bit of sweat equity but I dont want to invest a ton of cash. A checklist would be usefull

Many Thanks

bljones 07-26-2010 09:01 PM

Tomeg, check out the "Boat Inspection Tips" thread in the Boat buying forum here. Lots of good info on what to look for. The Siren is a pretty straightforward and relatively robust boat.

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