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07-27-2008 02:19 AM
TxLnghrn
Oh Yeah

There was an original post here, Sorry Terry, the animals often get caught up in there own discussions.

I'm sure once you post photos you will be inundated with suggestions, I fall in the lazy category and tend not to adjust mine too often, so I leave them on the boom.

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Thanks everyone! Sorry about not including pics with my post. I will upload some within the next few days or so. Thanks!

Terry
07-26-2008 01:23 PM
terryjoe Thanks everyone! Sorry about not including pics with my post. I will upload some within the next few days or so. Thanks!

Terry
07-22-2008 02:24 PM
sailingdog rum, whiskey, wine, other alcoholic beverage of choice.....
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Beer? I never, ever drink beer.

Beer is for battering fish.
07-22-2008 02:21 PM
chucklesR
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Chuckles-

I know you don't sail in heavy air... you don't want to spill your beer.
Beer? I never, ever drink beer.

Beer is for battering fish.
07-22-2008 02:13 PM
sailingdog Chuckles-

I know you don't sail in heavy air... you don't want to spill your beer.
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You assume of course that I sail in 'heavy' air. Welcome to the Chesapeake mid-range works well enough for a lazy cruiser like me.
As to the 2:1 and the ST40, I just eats my spinache, spit on my palm and grab the rope .
Then have the Admiral do it
07-22-2008 02:10 PM
chucklesR
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Chuckles-

You should probably ease the outhaul when you're have the main sail down, since it may stretch out the foot of the sail a bit otherwise.

You generally need to tension the outhaul more if you're sailing in heavier winds, ease it a bit when sailing in lighter winds. Tensioning the outhaul makes the sail flatter...easing it gives the sail a bit more power by making it fuller.

One of the main reasons I led my outhaul aft was to have better control over the main sail's shape. I regularly sail in SCA type weather, and being able to flatten the main helps a lot. Also, the two-to-one tackle in the boom really didn't give me enough leverage on the outhaul... now I have an ST40 winch to use. Much easier to adjust the tension.
You assume of course that I sail in 'heavy' air. Welcome to the Chesapeake mid-range works well enough for a lazy cruiser like me.
As to the 2:1 and the ST40, I just eats my spinache, spit on my palm and grab the rope .
Then have the Admiral do it
07-22-2008 09:39 AM
sailingdog Sailingfool-

I generally ease the topping lift when sailing since the mainsail on my boat has a fairly large roach and battens. I will tension it to support the boom when I'm raising, lowering or reefing the main, and then ease it again afterwards. I wish I could just leave it at one setting, but that isn't an option really.
07-22-2008 09:28 AM
sailingfool FWIW I set my topping lift at the beginning of the season by ensuring a little slack when the main is trimmed close-hauled, then forget about it until time to remove the boom at the end of the season...
I guess if your boom droops over the cockpit when closehauled so there is no headroom you may want to tension the topping lift after dropping the main...but I bet many people release and tension the topping lift each time out without thinking about what they are doing.
07-22-2008 09:20 AM
sailingdog Chuckles-

You should probably ease the outhaul when you're have the main sail down, since it may stretch out the foot of the sail a bit otherwise.

You generally need to tension the outhaul more if you're sailing in heavier winds, ease it a bit when sailing in lighter winds. Tensioning the outhaul makes the sail flatter...easing it gives the sail a bit more power by making it fuller.

One of the main reasons I led my outhaul aft was to have better control over the main sail's shape. I regularly sail in SCA type weather, and being able to flatten the main helps a lot. Also, the two-to-one tackle in the boom really didn't give me enough leverage on the outhaul... now I have an ST40 winch to use. Much easier to adjust the tension.
07-22-2008 08:59 AM
chucklesR Is not an outhaul, and even a topping lift that is on the boom reachable from the cockpit already?
Not trying to be too obtuse, but seems to me the reason they call it a boom is it is eminently reachable from the cockpit by hands if not heads.

I'm no racer, so for me I set the outhaul about once per season - mid line on tension. Topping lift I adjust on raising and lowering the main only - and mine is right there next to the main halyard on the mast.
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