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Old 20-06-2008, 21:40   #1
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Small boat rigging questions.

I just picked up an O'Day Daysailer3, 17 foot centerboard. Got a few questions.

Here is the boom end fitting.


As you can see I used one of the end attachment points for the outhaul and one for the topping lift.



This photo is the starboard side, fron the aft end there is a cheek pulley, then a cleat(I have the topping secured there), an eye strap then another cheek at the mast end.


Here is the port side.


At the aft end is an eye strap then a cleat 2/3 of the way up. Not including the main and vang fittings.

Here is the mast fittings.

A clam cleat holds the downhaul

Here is the mast and boom.


Notice how high the reef point is, but where is the reef hook? Also if you look close you can see the slug stop I put in just below the first slug well above the boom.

My plan for reefing is to take a line from the aft eye up to the clew, back down to the cheek then forward to the cleat. But what about the tack and no hook, maybe a cunningham hook? The slug entry slot is way above the boom, guess I could drop the first two slugs into the lower portion of the mast below the slug entry. Or I could do a single line reef with the forward cheek then back down the port side to something to be determined. Still have the issue of the clew and tack at way different heights.

For the topping I'll probably add another cleat to free up the other one.

What do you think about the outhaul?

And finally what is the little fitting? There is one near each chainplate and one on each side near the aft end.




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Old 26-06-2008, 03:12   #2
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Hi Bill! Wow - 5-days and none of our experts have come to your rescue.

I have never rigged an O'Day. It looks like you have the main components of the sail control system figured out.

For teh reefing, I agree that it seems to be a big first reef. With the blocks on the boom I am wondering if someone hasn't rigged up some sort of single reefing line arrangement on this boat.

What about a line secured to the forward reefing cringle, run through the forward starboard pulley, aft along the boom, through the aft starboard pulley, up through the aft reef cringle, down the starboard side, through the aft starboard pulley and then forward through the boom mounted cleat.
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Bill - Here is a link to an Oday owners forum - I saw a couple of posts adressing your exact questions...

A guy, Mike, there seems knowledgeable about rigging, although they are atalking about a 23.

How to Rig an O'Day 23 - Ask An Oday Owner Forum

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Thanks Dan.
A single line reef is the way to go since most of the components are there. I left the outhaul the way it is. I'm getting another block with a vee jam to rig the topping lift. That will get the line off the boom and free up one cleat. Not that I'm totally opposed to adding more stuff to the boom, but will try and avoid it.
I found an owners group dedicated to O'Day Daysailers. Pretty active group.
We took it out yesterday and sailed twin lakes over to a place called Interlaken. The boat worked great!
Check out these photos.
Twin Lakes, Colorado & InterLaken Photo Album
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Wow - Photos like that really make me miss the west...

Photos like this, of course, don't...
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