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Old 04-09-2016, 07:23   #1
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Poitioning of jib tracks

Bluestocking is a 1965, Philip Rhodes designed, Reliant 41 yawl. Some years back I removed the worn out teak on cored glass deck, repaired/replaced the core, and built up a good painted glass surface. The attachment points for the #2 and working jib sheet blocks were large diamond shaped, let in flush with the teak, with a heavy bronze screw-in eye, which was replaced by a cap when not in use. I referenced the position of the fittings off the chain plates. I have the original sail plans which shows jibs tacked down at the stem fitting, and hoisted to appropriate heights. My new working jib, on the furler, has its head and tack at lesser, but similar measurements, approx 26 ", than did the original working jib. No sheeting stripe on the new jib, alas. When I draw in the new jib on the sail plan, with the sheeting line 40% up the luff, thru the tack, the sheet block position moves a little further fwd, which I expected it to do. A line, on the deck plan, from stemhead thru the original fittings indicate a sheeting angle of between 10 and 12 degrees off the centreline. I plan on putting in 48" tracks to allow for a bit of fore and aft adjustment.

Any thoughts on my plan Please.

Have followed ALL the Twing Ring and Padeye discussions, which I know are the thing nowadays, but NOT for this old lady
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Re: Poitioning of jib tracks

Most boats seem to have an 8' or so genoa track. Know I use much of that length of track on the cap rail on my boat when going from full 150% genoa to reefed. The 135% doesn't require sheeting as far aft as the 135% but goes more forward when heavily reefed. The working jib and storm jib sheet to a block in the middle of the walkway as your original set up. Wouldn't fear to put on a longer track than you are looking at just in case you go with a sail with higher or lower cut clew or more or less overlap. The towed genoa sheeting cars from Garhauer are really nice as you can change car location just by tugging on a line.
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Re: Poitioning of jib tracks

Thanks for your thoughts Peter.

This working jib is an 85%, so sheets inside the chainplates. Blue's caprail tracks start just aft of aft-lower shroud, and extend to end of cockpit. She came with a deck sweeper 155% drifter. This was before furling gear.
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