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Having this idea of being able to have the main sheet on the cabin top. The traveler is at the companionway, and I don't wan't to remove it, but would like the option of using a mainsheet up top.I seem to recall seeing it done before by way of a block and tackle ? and two connecting points.One starboard and one port.Not sure if this is practical or not,and dont know what parts i would need,and where to get them....Thx..George.

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Re: Main sheet location

That's how it is on my Bayfield 36. There are 2 block and tackle sheets attached on the cabin top forward of the dodger, one starboard and the other port. They get adjusted in tandem to achieve correct sail shape. It is not as quick and efficient when tacking to have the same combination of adjustments and the same shape as boats with a traveler. It works well now that we are used to it.

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Re: Main sheet location

Looking at the double sheets that you are talking about.Wonder if it can somehow be done with one.Probably only be using the cabin top set up when I want to put in the connector between dodger and bimini.That would only be because of harsh weather im thinking.

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I wouldn't know how you could do it with 1 sheet as you need both to adjust how far out the boom goes and pull it down to flatten the sail.


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Re: Main sheet location

I am not sure I am picturing this right, but you could set up a German system, or half German system, and just run the tails to two separate places.

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Re: Main sheet location

One would think some reinforcing of the cabin top and sides would be in order if you were to add a sheet where it wasn't designed to go.

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That's how it is on my Bayfield 36. There are 2 block and tackle sheets attached on the cabin top forward of the dodger, one starboard and the other port. They get adjusted in tandem to achieve correct sail shape. It is not as quick and efficient when tacking to have the same combination of adjustments and the same shape as boats with a traveler. It works well now that we are used to it. Tod
I've seen this system quite frequently, but never with two individual sheets. It is normally done as a single sheet adjustable from either end, not individually. If you check out your system, you should be able to rig it easily with one line.

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Re: Main sheet location

i would think that if the main sheet traveller is at the companionway then goin to the cabintop is going to be way too far forward, thinking back ive never seen a sheet thats on the cabin top closer to the gooseneck than about 50% of the boom. if thats the case with your intended setup then it may put alot of stress on the boom and gooseneck. especially if the plan is for heavy weather, my bet is that ones of the two fails most likely a snapped boom.
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its been talked about before and works. use snap shackles and you can go from traveler to cabin side at will the leeward sheet can be snapped on the rail and be a preventer.

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"I've seen this system quite frequently, but never with two individual sheets. It is normally done as a single sheet adjustable from either end, not individually. If you check out your system, you should be able to rig it easily with one line."

Since you need to pull in 2 directions independently of each other, I really don't see how you could do it with 1 line. Maybe you can draw a schematic?
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