Hi Cruisers Forum,
Thanks for existing and for providing a plethora of answers and wisdom to those a bit newer to the passion of sailing.
Anyway, I bought my first boat
about three months ago - a 1959 Pearson
Triton and I love it. The previous owner made a variety of updates and restorations, some a little hokey.
This thread is specifically about the lines he chose to lead aft and the method in which he did it. The current
situation is totally bonkers. The main halyard
and topping lift
go back to the cockpit
but with way too much friction and chafe potential. Both lines rub against the hatch
and the main halyard
is lead through a shackle at one point rather than a block. The block that leads both lines is tied to the mast
I've done some reading and learned about a variety of different strategies for getting this kind of setup right. I'm looking for some guidance on a couple of different points. My boat
also has a raised cabin
roof which further complicates things.
1) Mast-mounted blocks or deck-mounted?
The benefit I see from mast
mount is installing block(s) at the height of the cabin
roof allows for one less corner the line will need to navigate. (Turning block on mast, deck
organizer on cabin roof, cam cleat to finish.)
However, the topping lift
runs on the aft side of the mast. There's a turning block riveted to the mast already but it's below the height of the cabin roof and doesn't seem useful. I'm nervous about putting more holes into the mast in this area.
Will blocks be close enough to enough to where they need to be given the boot and mast step? Can an over-the-top block on the cabin roof edge also accommodate moving the line laterally? The lines need to head
aft, but also make some sideways progress to port in order to eliminate the chafe against the hatch
I'm a bit confused as to how to go forward at the moment and would definitely appreciate any guidance. My finances also tend more to the nautical flea market side of things versus the buy-it-new at West Marine
strategy if you'd like additional challenge in providing in any advice.
Here's photos of the current
I'm also thinking about lazy jacks in the near future as one more line to head
back to the cockpit
. Apologies for any misuse of terms and thanks for reading.