Today, I began my refit
in earnest. As in the money
has begun to disperse from the refit
account instead of accumulate... Give it a month or two, and I may miss all the extra hours at the salt
At any rate, the boat is a 1975 Valiant cutter
. Currently all halyards are external, three winches on the mast
, one on the boom, and everything is old school
manual based on a full crew. The wife and I hardly qualify as full crew. So the plan is to set her up for single-handing, all lines led aft, with single
(or maybe single
for the first and double for the second) line reefing.
In our trips to date, we have a big problem with halyards getting fouled on the mast
steps. Just look at a swell wrong with an inch of slack in the line and either the main or jib halyard
will wrap itself on the wrong side of a step, which has at times required me to climb a ways up the mast to free it. No fun in the swell that caused it. No amount of swinging the halyard
around from the deck
seems to do it, in fact it just seems to make it worse. Solution A is to lose the mast steps. They've been *really* handy to date, although mostly to climb up and unfoul the halyards from the steps themselves. Solution B is to run the halyards inside the mast, and sidestep the step problem entirely. Should a halyard need replacing, it can just be done externally in a pinch and re-threaded later (not overly keen on trying to rethread one whilst bouncing about). Along those lines, I'd rather leave the sheaves set up for external and just run the halyards into the mast up high and back out again down low rather than fully commit and set up the sheaves in the masthead to lead down into the mast.
My concern is with that many holes in the mast. I'm pulling the mast and stripping and painting it, so this will be the time to convert. I've got the three halyards for main, jib
, and staysail. And a spare halyard. And two spin halyards. And a topping lift
. If everything goes that's 14 holes, although very widely spaced.
I'm also thinking of mounting a set of plates at the base of the mast to attach all the turning blocks that will be required for these, the reefing lines, and the outhaul
and cunningham. I tried to draw it all out on graph paper with colored pencils and my kid asked why I was drawing pictures two big squids fighting. I've looked around the harbor and seen similar setups on the wazoo racing
boats, of which I am not one.
So it's part one of many of crowdsourcing... How have you set up your rigging
, what do you like about it, what do you like about it, and if you were to have a fresh start (say, like me) what would you do differently?