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  1. Gear & Maintenance
    I came across a note from a surveyor who suggested connecting the head of the roller furler to the mast, thereby freeing up the jib halyard so that it can be used for other things. I have not heard of this, or know how it would be done. Has anyone come across this before? good idea or no?
  2. Gear & Maintenance
    Hello Sailnet experts, we need to replace the halyards, main, spare, and jib as they're pretty worn out. The snap shackle opened on the jib while sailing, and when I used the spare halyard to hoist up the jib again, it basically fell apart internally (though it still held). The boat is a 40'...
  3. General Discussion - Sailing Related
    I have been trying to figure out what these deck fixtures are. See photos. They have substantial backing plates so I assumed they'd be load bearing in some way. Boat is a 1966 Pearson Commander. Any input is appreciated. If you can identify them please give info on how I'd use them.
  4. Racing
    I am new to the Buccaneer 18. I bought and old boat and am fixing it up. The jib sheeting puzzles me. The jib sheets to a fairlead and a cleat on a traveler attached to the seat. (1) The "sheeting angle" seems too acute. I have seen videos of the track up on the deck, which is correct. (2) The...
  5. Gear & Maintenance
    New boat owner here (1969 Ericson 23). I'm going through all the goodies left on the boat from the previous owner, and among them I find four(!) headsails. All are hank-on type, and my headstay is non-furling. All the sails have Swedish snaps. Unfortunately, all of the snaps also came with a...
  6. Learning to Sail
    My understanding is: 1.Gib is the most basic kind of foresail 2.Genoa is a large jib 3.Spinnaker is a colorful genoa. Is this correct?
  7. Please Introduce Yourself
    I'm planning on getting new sails for my 1972 Venture 21, and amongst the many things to consider are jib size. Mauri for example offers jibs in 100%, 135% and 155%. I'm leaning toward 155%, to maximizesail area, but would appreciate any insights anyone may have on that.
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