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Old 05-04-2013, 09:43   #1
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ketch running rigging

I have a westerly 32 renown.
It has been raided of much of the running rigging by those tasked with 'looking after' her by the previous owner. A local yachty admitted to probably having acquired the compass at a low price! he disappeared when I told him I now owned the boat.
I need to know how to measure the required length of the jib sheets for the genoa, the no1 no2 and main jib.
There are tracks fitted to the sides of the decvks but no cars or stops. i have always sailed club boat so never had to rig one. are these tracks only necessary for the genoa, or are they needed to get the pull from the jibs as well? If so where is the spinnaker guy fastened?
such things always seemed so instinctive on a well set up boat.
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:45   #2
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Re: ketch running rigging

Usually tracks are there for use by whatever jib you set. You move the car fore or aft depending on which sail you set.

You now have a wonderful opportunity to change the running rigging to whatever you want. Just do some research in your local library about rigging and you should be good to go. Spinnaker guys usually are a block located aft of the cockpit. So look for something back there that is very sturdy that you can attache a block to.

I hope you have a mizzen staysail. They are really a fun sail to use.

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Get a long tape measure. On a calm morning hoist each sail. Eyeball where each sheet will lead to on the deck. The angle of the sheet at the clew of HHS sail can be hard to judge. And it changes the deck position significantly. Borrow an experienced sailor to help guess, or go sailing. Deck sweeping headsails tend to have the sheet nearly vertical. High clew sails about perpendicular to the luff. Room to move the lead aft is more necessary than forward.

With the sheet pulled tight on one side measure from the clew forward around whatever shrouds, rails and stays the lazy sheet will need to pass, then back to the lazy side winch. Allow enough for a turn on the winch, some for the knot at the clew, some for a stopper knot, and then a couple of feet more so that worn ends can be trimmed and still have enough length.
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