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Old 23-09-2015, 05:30   #31
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Re: Main halyard stbd, jib halyard port??"?

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Believe it was tradition in placement of the halyards. EVERY boat I owned or was on had the Main Halyard on the Stbd side and headsail halyards to port. After a 20 year hiatus from sailing noticed there no longer seemed to be that hard and fast convention. First noticed it on a multi hull. Maybe it's a training wheel boater thing flaunting convention. Confusing for us sailors who grew up with the Stbd Main Halyard location expected. Even a bit dangerous as the wierd halyard location hit home when the skipper needed me to reef the main and I tried to drop the jib instead in a sudden big increase in wind velocity.
Same exact experience here roverhi...

Well said!
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Re: Main halyard stbd, jib halyard port??"?

Same as Skipmac.

But on 2nd reefing we all move to the other side :-)

right handed people move on on starboard as a natural propension

I have to think about going to port side, if any.
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Re: Main halyard stbd, jib halyard port??"?

If the main halyard is on starboard you are probably on a starboard tack while reefing giving you right of way over boats not reefing. I'm told that's the origin.
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Re: Main halyard stbd, jib halyard port??"?

Didn't read the whole thread so this may have been said but it is 100% because of the way winches spin (clockwise) and external halyards.... Internal halyard make it less important but there is no other way to get a fair lead on the mast winch with external halyards...
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Re: Main halyard stbd, jib halyard port??"?

Our main halyard is swap'able with our top-lift.

Thus our main halyard can be on either side.

I like it on the high side on long ocean runs.

I do not think there is any rule other than owner's wish.

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Re: Main halyard stbd, jib halyard port??"?

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IIRC, the French had a penchant for putting the main halyard to port. No idea why.
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Re: Main sheet stbd, Jib sheet port????

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There is a bit of reason, and also related to some older interiors. The prevailing or right of way boat is starboard, as everyone knows. If you are in a blow and it is possible it is better to be on starboard rather than port, then you want to do that. Presuming you don't have much sail left up then the main halyard can be tended on the windward side, which makes it easier, especially with mast mounted winches, which they all used to be (or if not mast mounted then the winches were on the deck right next to the mast). Some offshore races also favor starboard tack against prevailing winds.

Look at older and some newer boats, the nav station is almost always on the port side for the same reason. Easier to sit on the leeward side rather than the windward.

So I believe that is the reason, and I think if you take a poll it is better than 80% of boats that are setup in such a manner.



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Thanks. Always wondered why a few local lobster boats are port side steered. The capt. or his father was from "days of sail" thinking. / Len
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Yes halyards. Think I posted the question too late and night and lost connection between my brain and typing fingers.
Cheeze Skip!! Tuff audience. You been keel hauled twice for that already!!
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I'm half French, dang.
Cheez!! Talk about a rock & a hard place.
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Same as Skipmac.

But on 2nd reefing we all move to the other side :-)

right handed people move on on starboard as a natural propension

I have to think about going to port side, if any.

Of course!!
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