I have been postphoning tackling the mast/boom hardware
for a while now since the interior
was nowhere near sail-ready. But as the day of the maiden voyage is nearing, I'm forced to dig into this issue.
The winches on the mast
were of the steel
cable type with an integrated brake. This means that only 2 normal cleats
are present on the mast
. Since the old winches were shot, I replaced them with "normal" ones, but obviously they don't have a means to hold the new rope
halyards in place once put under tension.
The main question is: how do I store the halyards on the mast and how do I secure them once tightened? Leading everything to the cockpit
is obviously the most interesting option, but that's a big project
to tackle in a year or two.
on the boom is pretty much non existent apart from the reefing hookat the mast end and the two blocks attached to the end of the boom for the reefing lines to run back to the mast through.
I can tension the reefing lines on the winchest at the mast, but again, how do I secure the reefing lines once under tension? Also, I would like to get a third reef put into the sail, but there's just one block on each side of the boom, so only 2 reefing lines can be mounted on the boom...
Any insights? What are my options on both issues?