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Old 10-21-2009
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Originally Posted by bbreith View Post
How are folks rigging the pole downhaul? I have mine going from the pole (of course) through an eye fastened to the deck (about 2-3' back from the Jenny Tack-which is also used to secure the bow lines) to a horn clean on the lower part of the mast. It seems to work okay, but it is slow in readjusting the pole height. Just curious what others are doing....

Mostly nothing - 18 boats here and only one has a foreguy, everyone else uses the twings and calls it good enough. If I was running one I'd go through a cheek block on the mast and then a swivelling fairlead/cam cleat combo a few inches back from that. Sounds like yours goes through a turning block almost at the bow?? Man that must be slow & in the way a lot at mark roundings (assuming you race)
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Thanks guys. Yea, I can see using the twings only in light winds and going DD, but on more of a broad reach and in heavy winds I feel like it necessary and faster to have the pole stable to ensure it remainds square to the wind. We get some strong shifty blows and big swells here in Chicago and pole adjustment seems to need to happen often. I like idea of running the downhaul closer to the mast that does make more sense...and looking back at the Harken bible as Tommays has kindly posted that appears to be the recommended approach. I will give that a whirl.
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Does J make a good crusier for coastal and maybe to bahamas etc?

Ive always like how well the J-boats are built but I don't do racing and
just want to cruise a bit and feel safe doing it.
Here on the west coast of Florida.
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