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Old 19-09-2008, 06:21   #1
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best headboard fitting ?

i keep breaking the headboard cars/ sliders which in turn allows the main halyard to thrash itself into shreds over the masthead top sheave . what do cat sailors use to fit the headboard to the mast groove ? (no external track )
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Old 20-09-2008, 16:38   #2
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I had the same problem breaking the head board car from a few crash jibes we have now loosely lashed the sail headboard to the the head car and has been purfect ever since. Cheers Mick
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What system are you using gramos? And when you say breaking, what part is breaking? If you are using Bat cars, there is something serious going on. Is there a chance you are over extending the sail head? Cranking on too much tension and taking the head too high, thus pulling the car to the top of the track and trying to pull it beyond.
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hi , alan , the actual car s are breaking , 3 so far ! they are a rutgerson ,early type, and not very strong . i do crank the main up high though . i need the clearance above the boom for headroom, but its still not to the top of the mast , but you might have a point there . i am adding 500mm section to the top of the mast this winter so any over -hoisting wont be happening then . Mick , i have a bronze sailslide on the lower headboard hole ,this never breaks , but the car fitted to the top headboard hole is always the one that breaks , so maybe i should give up the top car and just fit another bronze slide /lanyard ? is this what you have ?
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Gramos- I'd chuck the headboard cars out entirely in favour of metal slides lashed onto the headboard. Reason being: the slides do a single pass up the mast- there's no real movement going on up there. There's a huge amount of lateral strain as well as axial strain on the cars and the headboard, and Rutgerson aren't the most enormously-over-engineered units!
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