Originally Posted by mrlee
I want to change over to this set up (pic) but I have a few questions... My present track is about 40 inches or so long, How long should these individual pieces be and exactly where do I secure them to my boat? Half track? a little more forward....behind?
Thanks in advance to you all...I appreciate the skillful advice here...
Concerning the location -- you have to work it out according to the range of sheet lead angle you need.
It will need to be somewhat forward of the front of the track since you will not be able to get the blocks as close to the deck
as the track does.
Assuming you're happy with the angles of the present track, I would measure the sheet lead angle all the way forward and all the way back, then go from there.
Note that if you put the system on the rail the way I have it, the sheet lead will be too far outboard
for sailing close hauled.
I use my staysail sheet (self tacking staysail) as an inboard twing. I can then adjust the sheet lead inboard and outboard
by balancing tension between inboard and outboard twings. This way I can also sheet inside the shrouds, but you need a second pair of sheets
to make this work well.
One more tip about this system -- be careful not to keep winching after you reach the end of the end of the range of travel. Stuff will break. Don't ask me how I know
. A good idea to sew red yarn into the control line at the point of the end of travel, so you immediately see it at the winch
, as a reminder.