Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
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You have the right idea. On my boat (a Catalina 22), I attached a lightweight line to the shackle on the jib halyard. The line runs thru a small block that's attached to a ring that's built in to the portside base of the pulpit. The line runs back to a cleat on the portside handrail, about one foot lateral to the jib halyard cleat on the coachroof. I hank on the genoa to the forestay/downhaul as if they were one... I route the downhaul down thru the hanks, right alongside the forestay. This setup works great and is easy to use.
Sailing isn't a matter of life and death. It's much more important than that!