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Help for clueless newby
I purchased a 16 foot long by 64 inch wide aluminun sailboat this weekend to restore. The basic boat is all there for the most part, but it is not rigged. I don't know anything about sailboats except what I have read in the last few days. I have a few questions!!!
Since there are no markings to identify the boat, I will attempt to describe the boat as best I can. I apologise for not being up on the correct lingo yet. The boat is 16 feet long and 63-64 inches across. It has an aluminum mast with an adjustable foot position. The mast is 20 feet with a track for the piece that the main sheet attaches to to hoist the sail. It does not provide for an internal line. The boom slides up the same track. There is one cleat at the bottom rear of the mast that I assume is for a downhaul on the boom. It has a jib sail that is a few feet shorter than the main. It attaches with bronze clips to the front mast support cable and I am not sure where it cleats down yet. There are two cleats on the front edge of the cockpit that could be used to move it from one side of the mast to the other. The bottom mast corner is controled by the line only The boom has a sheave at the mid point and near the end both. There are cockpit cleats at the midpoint of the boom on each side of the cockpit and one on the rear of the centerboard well. There are two line eyes mounted on the deck outboard and a little to the rear of the front corners of the cockpit. Other than the rudder mounts and the motor mount brackets, those are all the attachment points on the boat.
If I use the two cleats at the front of the cockpit to hold the jib sheet and the lower corner of the sail, then I have to move the sheet around the mast by hand each time, but the jib sheet is the only line really needed. If I use two ropes snapped to the eye on the sail, and then run thru the eyelets on the deck and tied at the rear cleats, all I have to do is ease one and tighten the other to move the rear of the jib from side to side. That is simple. Rigged that way, the sheet that hoists the sail would be cleated at the front of the cockpit and two separate lines would actually control the sail. That would allow about 4 feet of side to side movement of the back corner of the jib. I don't know if that much is needed or not. I am guessing that is the way it was rigged before.
That leaves one cleat open on the back end of the board well to control the side to side on the boom. The boom has two pulleys. One middle and one to the rear to control the boom. It also has a smaller pulley to pull the sail taut mounted on the boom itself. The main sheet and the rigging for the boom are gone. Looking at the pictures and diagrams online, I don't have the hardware for a rig like most I have seen. If the center pulley connects to the cleat on the back of the board well, Then what is the back pulley for? I need some help!
That is the first of my many questions! Thanks in advance for any help given!