I purchased a Cal20 from a buddy this year and would like some advice on how my main sheet is rigged. My buddy said it was not the normal way of rigging
but at the time I didn't know any better as I'm a new sailor.
Last weekend I was out sailing in some fairly heavy winds for me and the cam cleat that controlled the main sheet failed and broke. The main flew leeward but luckily nobody was hurt. (I have it all on video if anyone is interested) Anyway, when I brought the broken piece into West Marine
the guy said it was an antique and that he'd never seen a wooden piece covered in fiberglass
before. I also have a wooden block. Better to replace the whole unit.
After looking all over online and at local marinas
at how other people have their main sheets
rigged I noticed that mine is totally different. I had two places where the sheet could be let out. One at the cam cleat in the cockpit
(really old) and the other was with a vang. (I think that's what it's called). The cam cleat failed so I just tied the line to each side of the boat and will only use the vang to let out my main sheet. I have uploaded some pics.
Can someone please have a look and let me know if this is safe and will work?
It's pretty much the same set up I had before except I took out the cam cleat so I can only let the main out at one spot. Just not sure if how it's currently set up is strong enough to support the weight and pressure put on it by the main.