Alternate Mainsheet rigging

  • August 11, 2017 9:38 PM
    Message # 5026016

    Just a question for the group. I'm looking at using Bud's Stainless Steel Boomkin but I was thinking of rigging the mainsheet without using the hoop. I would like to avoid any additional stress to the boomkin. I do want to keep it aft. Has anyone tried any alternative rigging ideas.

    Thanks for the help


  • August 17, 2017 7:22 PM
    Reply # 5034811 on 5026016

    Nice pic Norm , how did you do that ? Anyway we are in the bridge camp , i'm interested why you want to keep it aft Greg . We have a W28 with the main sheet traveler on the bridge ( did all 28s' come that way ?) . I was told a long time ago by Bud "don't mess with it , it's like that for a reason ". The reason  being if it's on the bridge you don't so much need a vang . We have one (vang) but use it more like a preventer  but it also works well as a vang .

  • August 19, 2017 12:11 AM
    Reply # 5036659 on 5026016

    Thanks for the info and the pictures. I agree the forward traveler is better for sail shape especially when going into the wind when you can actually pull the sail to windward. However I had that setup on my Catalina 30 and the line was always twisting and in light winds you would have to push the boom out because of the friction.

    Thanks again for the info always nice to have another viewpoint before making a decision


  • August 19, 2017 6:21 PM
    Reply # 5038075 on 5026016

    You should still have a vang with the bridgedeck traveler system. When the winds are up and you need to jibe, it's better to use an outboard vang to help the boom across instead of allowing slack in the mainsheet and letting it cross through by sheeting in and out again. Also helps with sail shape when running downwind, by flattening the mainsail. Once the boom is all the way out, the mainsheet will no longer be useful since the sheeting angle will prevent you from controlling the boom. Hence two separate vangs to control the boom for downwind sailing. Ultimately I would run four control lines. Mainsheet, outboard vang *2, and the preventer attached at the end of the boom and led to the bow.

    I see the biggest problem with the bridgedeck being with hands or bodies who intercept the travel. If you are not careful with the traveller line you can injure someone. Much less likely using end of boom sheeting, but there are other issues related to it. 

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