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relocating main sheet...just to one side?

My main sheet currently is in the center of the cockpit over the companionway. I was thinking about relocating it and a few other lines. Vang and main halyard. Currently the center location is handy when single handing. No matter which side of the boat I am on the main sheet is easily accessed and is right there in the center. If I moved it to one side what happens when I'm on the high side and the sheets on the low side and I need to dump it quick. Or it's gonna jibe and I need to tighten it quick? Doesn't seem safe. I have seen some newer boats have it routes to the rear of the cockpit the down to the floor in the center of the cockpit. Has anyone moved it from the companionway top center to somewhere else?
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Re: relocating main sheet...just to one side?

My main sheet travelor was in the same position. Found it to be in the way and forced the previous owner to have a smaller dodger letting rain right into the main cabin. I moved it to the end of the boom. An old tried and true position. It works great. I can straddle my tiller and tighten or relese the sheet easily now when I tack or jibe.
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Re: relocating main sheet...just to one side?

When I bought my boat, the previous owner had moved the traveler from the cabin top into the cockpit. From a racing perspective and in terms of mechanical advantage it was a better location. The problem was that the cockpit on the santana is not that big, and I bought it to get the family out sailing, and I wanted a clear unobstructed cockpit for my then toddler son, so I moved it back to it's original position. Cabintop travelers are definitely not ideal in my mind.
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Re: relocating main sheet...just to one side?

One option is to rig a German sheeting system, I have made a post on this before

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Re: relocating main sheet...just to one side?

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One option is to rig a German sheeting system, I have made a post on this before

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.... and I suggested the same yesterday in your other thread!
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Re: relocating main sheet...just to one side?

I can't quite see how the 'German' system works but for a choice of which side to control the mainsheet from my previous '99 Catalina 320 had a good 'Double Ended Mainsheet' or you could say 'No Ended' system. I don't have any good pictures but reviewing what I have at least got it half straight in my head from 2005 There is no dead end. Picture mirror image lines (but is actually ONE line) running from the cabin top sides next to winches, through line clutches up to turning blocks on the cabin top both sides of the mast outboard and back about 2 feet, (gets hazy and un-sure now) then to the boom, and back to the deck at least once for purchase gain, then through a block on the traveler. The result was pick your side cabin top winch/line clutch to release and control the mainsheet from.
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I can't quite see how the 'German' system works but for a choice of which side to control the mainsheet from my previous '99 Catalina 320 had a good 'Double Ended Mainsheet' or you could say 'No Ended' system. I don't have any good pictures but reviewing what I have at least got it half straight in my head from 2005 There is no dead end. Picture mirror image lines (but is actually ONE line) running from the cabin top sides next to winches, through line clutches up to turning blocks on the cabin top both sides of the mast outboard and back about 2 feet, (gets hazy and un-sure now) then to the boom, and back to the deck at least once for purchase gain, then through a block on the traveler. The result was pick your side cabin top winch/line clutch to release and control the mainsheet from.
Here is a drawing from Harken, I have mid boom sheeting and use cockpit winches and clutches. It's no problem making it endless.
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