Looks like I've gone and purchased an 86 Cat 27. It's winter here so I've only looked at it with the stick down. From the pictures it seems it is a very traditional Mid 80's rigging
. There is a triple block in the traveler. On the center bail is a single
block with a becket. The sheet is tied to becket and led down and then back up to the middle, down to the triple then up to the rear single
block, back to triple on the traveler and then up to the forward single block and then to a turning block on the mast
to a organizer on the cabin
top and then back to a rope clutch
at the rear of the coach roof.
I like a mid boom mainsheet. it's out of the way of the cockpit
etc. However, I have some problem with the fact that the sheet is 1) on a clutch
, which doesn't release as fast as a cam cleat and is 2) on the roof of the cabin
and not fast to get to from the wheel
. I could, of course, change the clutch to a cam but I want to do a double ended sheet.
I have sailed on another boat with this arrangement. So, how does this sound? Replace the single with a becket with a double. Instead of ending of at the becket I would lead it back to a block such as a Harken
140 which is a exit block with a cam cleat. It is rated a 200 lbs. Does this arrangement sound OK?
I want to do this because at the end of the boom (or near it) I can let out the sheet in an emergency
from the wheel
. I don't see I can do this without changing at least the one block. I'm also not sure if the Harken
is big enough but I cannot find one larger.
Any alternative arrangements or insights are welcome.