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12-01-2011 04:56 PM
AdamLein
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Originally Posted by sfchallenger View Post
It occurs to me this probably has a lot to do with the location of secondary winches.
Definitely. I think mine might be in a somewhat old-fashioned location, aft of the primaries, in comparison with race boats I've crewed on, which used winches on the cabintop for sheeting the spinnaker.
12-01-2011 04:37 PM
sfchallenger It occurs to me this probably has a lot to do with the location of secondary winches.
12-01-2011 03:55 PM
AdamLein
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Originally Posted by sfchallenger View Post
Works great with a kite too! Now the spinnaker sheet trimmer is in a position to see the luff of the sail without peering under the main.
Hm. I think it's convenient to leave spinnaker sheets permanently on the winch drum, which means that to cross-sheet I'd have to have both sheets permanently across the cockpit. Also they couldn't go straight across because the opposite winch is busy carrying the opposite sheet, so they'd have to go diagonally up to the primary winches or something. At least with my cockpit layout, sounds way too spider-webby for me.

If you just mean half a wrap on the leeward drum and then the trimmer holds the tail on the windward side... I wouldn't call that cross-sheeting.
12-01-2011 03:18 PM
sfchallenger Works great with a kite too! Now the spinnaker sheet trimmer is in a position to see the luff of the sail without peering under the main.
12-01-2011 01:25 PM
AdamLein
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Originally Posted by jppp View Post
I've gone back to the dock because of high winds, finding it difficult to take the helm and the headsail at the same time. I would sit on the leeward side holding the genoa sheet with 4 wraps and tiller with my foot.
That is a pretty good point. I have also found myself in this situation where I'm leaning back on the leeward cockpit coaming, feeling like I'm reaching up to everything, holding the tiller a bit to windward with my foot while trimming in the sheet (with my non-ST winches). Still, that task doesn't take forever, and I have a tiller pilot which sometime does half the work for me (and sometimes adds work).
12-01-2011 02:39 AM
centaursailor I,ll give it a go next time I,m out though my bilg keeler ain,t so sensitive to weight distribution. Have only used sweating when tightening springs till now. Always good to see old time tips that work.
Safe sailing
11-30-2011 09:42 PM
jppp I can't believe I didn't think of this. I've gone back to the dock because of high winds, finding it difficult to take the helm and the headsail at the same time. I would sit on the leeward side holding the genoa sheet with 4 wraps and tiller with my foot.
11-30-2011 07:41 PM
INMA My yacht has a fractional rig with 100% jib and cross sheets over the cabin to winches and cleats on the windward side.

Works well and makes single handing simple.
11-08-2011 02:47 AM
rfhtf3 David, that is exactly what I did with my sheets. The wind came up heavy on me and I had a 150 headsail up. I was on a broad reach and it was difficult to handle the tiller and sheet the headsail. I took the jib sheet and gave it one turn on the leeward winch brought it across to the the windward winch and gave it two turns around it and fixed it in the jam cleat. When I needed to trim I would pull the sheet to me and take up the slack.

I think I wrote a wall of text to basically say I I did exactly what you described.
11-08-2011 01:34 AM
davidpm
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Originally Posted by rfhtf3 View Post
I was out on my Catalina 22 this weekend and gave this a try. All I can say is that I feel silly now for not doing this before. It was so easy to keep trim my jib sheets using thus method. I'll definitely be cross sheeting more often next season.
Glad you liked it. Also don't forget that if you happen to forget and leave the winch handle down below like I did yesterday and the sheet is too hard to pull in by hand and you don't want to luff cross sheeting gives you a way to pull it in.

Just take the tail in one hand and use the other hand and grab the sheet right in the middle between the two winches and pull straight back towards the stern. As you release pull in the tail. This way you can sheet in without a winch. It is called sweating the sheet and was a very popular technique in the days before winches.
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