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Re: Hunter B&R

Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
Jim, David, interesting that the same size boat has the “big boat” Dutchman. Brings up a question: How large is the roach on the Hunter? On my boat the roach extends way beyond the Dutchman. I think that one should still use the 400# line instead of something like Dynema as you would rather have the fishing line break instead of damaging the sail. My fishing line breaks frequently enough that I carry a couple of pre-cut and knotted lengths as onboard spares. I think that the initial set up and tensioning is the key. I set mine (topping lift adjustment) so the boom is perpendicular and the fishing lines have no slack (not taught). I ease the topping lift for hoisting/ sailing and only tighten just prior to dropping the sail.
I believe the Type A systems are normally fitted on boats with halyard type topping lifts while the Type B was developed for boats with the topping lift fixed at the top of the mast. A Type B could be used on boats with either type of topping lift. The larger boat Dutchman systems have three lines versus two. I DO NOT have a problem with the monofilament lines breaking. The one time I snapped one was when I set the topping lift wrong and put too much tension on the line when close hauled. I ALWAYS have a bit of slack in the lines. They do not have to be tight to guide the main onto the boom. If you are snapping the lines its because you don't have enough slack in them. Once I get my topping iift and the monofilament line lengths set in the spring, I never have to touch anything again for the rest of the season.

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