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Old 12-07-2011, 11:32   #1

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Light Wind Offshore and those Popping Sails

Just got done with gulfstream from Key largo to Charleston. The winds were light most of the way which was ok, was still doing 7 kts with just enough stw for steering. When the boat rocks in the swells it continually makes that oh so annoying popping sound that sounds like slow death. I took some shock cord, attached it to a forward reef line, around the shrouds, and back to the next reef line. Presto, no more popping!!! I used a reef knot to attach the bungee to the reef line and was very easy to undo by pulling reef line straight, the bungee then rolled right off. It worked for me.
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Old 12-07-2011, 13:06   #2
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Re: Light Wind Offshore and Those Popping Sails.

'sounds like a great idea! I can remember trying something similar, but you've got to get the stuff off quick if the wind picks up or popping bungees will be snapping the crew!
Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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