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The mast sits on the boat in a pretty usual way: the base on a bracket on the bow pulpit, the head on a crutch that fits into the rudder gudgeons.

I leave the halyards rigged through the mast, the deck organizer, and the clutches. I secure the halyards to the mast with some stretch wrap, pull them taught through the clutches, and toss the extra line into the cabin.

Iím not really sure that I need to do the stretch wrap thing, just pulling them taught would probably be enough. But Iím already up there securing the stays and shrouds with the stretch wrap, so I wrap the halyards up while Iím at it.
That's about what I was planning on doing. Simple, easy and I don't have to keep running lines every time.

If cam cleats are going to be enough then I'll go ahead and order a few.

While I'm at it and asking questions. Is there supposed to be a line to hold up the boom while the sail is down? I know the larger boats have topping lifts that'll hold up the boom. Mine doesn't even have a block for that. I was thinking of adding one so that I can keep the boom up while anchored or beached. I am planning on several overnighters this year.
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Is there supposed to be a line to hold up the boom while the sail is down? I know the larger boats have topping lifts that'll hold up the boom. Mine doesn't even have a block for that. I was thinking of adding one so that I can keep the boom up while anchored or beached. I am planning on several overnighters this year.
My boat came with a little bridle that connects between the split backstays. The boom rests on it.

For a single backstay you can get a pigtail connected that clips on to the boom:


My boat had two external halyards and they tied off on cleats at the mast, so you had to be at the mast to raise the sails. One of the first things I did was replace the masthead sheaves and add exit blocks so that I could run four lines inside the mast, then out to a deck organizer and back to the clutches at the cockpit.

Two lines exit the top of the mast towards the front of the boat; one is the jib halyard, the other is a spare. Two lines exit the top of the mast towards the back of the boat; I use one for the main halyard and the other for a topping lift.

I prefer the topping lift over the pigtail for several reasons. You donít have to remember to unclip it before you go sailing, the boom doesnít have to be centered to be supported, I fly a flag from it, and itís handy when removing the boom for trailering. Iíve never had to do this, but it could be used as a spare main halyard in case of emergency.

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<<snipped>> I would expect a rope clutch on the cabin top might be a collection point for highway grit.

Then when you get to the boat ramp, you are going to need to feed your halyards bitter end through your dirty rope clutch.

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Trailering has never caused a problem with any of my rope clutches that I knew of, in more than 20 years. I hose the boat off after each long trip of more than 500 miles. I don't bother after short trailer trips. The boat gets dirtier just sitting in the marina, because planes fly over. UGH.

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Re: Making it easier to solo sail.

We have a short pendant attached to the back stay because it is very easy to use. However, I also installed a regular mast head line because it really helps when reefing. The mast head topping lift is stored running along the back stay and clips to a shackle near the bottom.
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I also installed a regular mast head line because it really helps when reefing.
Oh yeah, I didnít think of this. I installed my reefing setup after the topping lift, so it never even occurred to me how youíd do it without a topping lift. Thatíd be a chore.

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Trailering has never caused a problem with any of my rope clutches that I knew of, in more than 20 years. I hose the boat off after each long trip of more than 500 miles. I don't bother after short trailer trips. The boat gets dirtier just sitting in the marina, because planes fly over. UGH.
Thats good. Maybe it won't be an issue for the OP.

I find when trailering down to Florida in the winter, that mist of liquified road salt permeates absolutely every thing. Ropes, the lacing on my tramp, blocks. Everything.
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Thats good. Maybe it won't be an issue for the OP.

I find when trailering down to Florida in the winter, that mist of liquified road salt permeates absolutely every thing. Ropes, the lacing on my tramp, blocks. Everything.
We use plenty of salt here in Minnesota, but I guess by the time I'm trailering my boat any distance we've had at least one good rain to wash it off. I suppose if I were hauling it in the early spring when all that slush is still on the road it would be an issue.



It's funny in Minnesota. I don't have to worry about saltwater corrosion on my boat, but I do on my bicycles.

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Re: Making it easier to solo sail.

In my experience, docking and departing are where most mishaps happen. So I heartily recommend that you take a couple of days to practice docking.

IMO, one of the most valuable tool for single-handed docking and leaving is a spring line. A spring line can control the boat when you leave or approach the dock so that you never need to jump onto a dock, or use muscle power to prevent crashing into the dock or another boat. There are Lots of different ways to use spring lines, depending on whether you're docking in a cross wind, onto a side tie or into a slip, etc.

Google "docking with a spring line" for lots of videos.

I almost always use a spring line or bridle from the midship going aft to a cleat on the dock(when coming into a dock in forward). As you approach the dock, you slow down to an idle or stop within 5 feet- 8 feet of a dock cleat towards the aft end of the berth, and then throw the line over and around the cleat.

I do a variation of that technique when I come into an unfamiliar dock. Instead of using a spring line with a loop, I rig up a bridle going from midships aft to a cockpit winch. I fix one end and loosely wrap the other end around a winch, then back towards helm and my outboard controls. That way I can shorten or lengthen the doubled spring line as I come into the dock, by adjusting the length of the spring line.

Another thing I do differently is that I don't "drop the loop around a cleat", per se. I throw a bunch of line onto the dock, over the cleat, with a tail on each side of the cleat. As the boat moves and the line gets taut, it catches itself around the cleat.

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ON EDIT: I found a link to a video that shows what shows how to use an adjustable bridle to spring onto a dock.

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Trailering has never caused a problem with any of my rope clutches that I knew of, in more than 20 years. I hose the boat off after each long trip of more than 500 miles. I don't bother after short trailer trips. The boat gets dirtier just sitting in the marina, because planes fly over. UGH.

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Re: Making it easier to solo sail.

When jets fly over or near a marina like San Francisco or San Diego the boats get a film of jet exhaust soot all over the boat.

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