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Old 15-07-2012, 16:45   #1
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what are these things?

We bought an old boat, sailed it home, and have been taking stuff off of it. I am guessing that so far we've probably removed around 1200 lbs of stuff that previous owners had stored aboard that we dont feel we need to be on there. Television, microwave, washing machine, etc. And more. Lots more.

Today I was working in the rope locker, and I probably got rid of around 75 lbs of worn out line, non-stainless shackles, broken blocks, etc. Anyhow, some of the hardware on board is unfamiliar to me. Some of it is brand new, still with price tags on it. I am hoping someone here will recognize these bits and tell me what they're good for.

For example, I have several of these nifty little carabiner type things. But why?


And this other, stainless double pulley thing looks vaguely familiar, and I know i've seen one before, but cannot for the life of me remember what it does:
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Old 15-07-2012, 16:50   #2
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Re: what are these things?

Just guessing here.

The one on the right looks like it might be a back stay splitter.

They both look like antiques.
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Re: what are these things?

The one on the left looks like it might be a combination chain hook/snap shackle. This too is a guess.
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Re: what are these things?

the one on the left is a sail hank that fits through an eye on the luff of a genoa,the hook part is then pressed closed,allowing it to be clipped onto the forestay.
other types have a small piston as opposed to the stainless clip shown in yours.

the one on the right looks like a twin backstay tentioner,but could also be part of a traveller.
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Re: what are these things?

The item on the left is a crimp on Wichard hank used to attach a jib or other staysail to a stay. The advantage of this type of hank over the more traditional "piston" type hank is that a Wichard hank can be manipulated with one hand, which enables you to hang onto the boat with the other (hand).
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I was thinking Barbour hauler left and climbing stop right.
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Re: what are these things?

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the one on the left is a sail hank that fits through an eye on the luff of a genoa,the hook part is then pressed closed,allowing it to be clipped onto the forestay.
other types have a small piston as opposed to the stainless clip shown in yours.

the one on the right looks like a twin backstay tentioner,but could also be part of a traveller.
Yep.... boy.... I guess so many people have furling sails now that they dont recognize a sail hank! Kinda like my grandson not knowing what a VHS is I guess.....
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Re: what are these things?

The one on the left is an old fashioned "hank on clip" for the foresail or jib.The other one looks like some attachment for the stanchions,
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Re: what are these things?

BTW, those hanks are great. Had them on some of my last new, high end, non furling Offshore sails, staysail etc. Easy to one hand on and off while youre holding the flogging sail on deck with the other arm.
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Re: what are these things?

for the second item:

Garhauer stanchion block:

http://garhauermarine.com/images/product/SB-3.jpg
SB-3 - Stainless Steel Blocks
One screw adjustment clamps on 1" stanchion.

IMO, they are crap, they will scratch your stanchions beyond repair by buffing. Don't ask me how I know...

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Re: what are these things?

Cool. Thanks for the info. We have a small, bright orange sail, made out of really stiff canvas, labelled "Storm Trisail". I looked up trisail and read that it replaces the main. That wouldn't work on this boat, but I do have an extra forestay. Does a trisail also work on a forestay? I am guessing that's what the italian hanks are for.

We got ten sails with this boat. I'm sure I am going to have a lot of fun figuring all this stuff out.

I've got some more mystery pieces, will take some more photos.
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Re: what are these things?

If it is actually cotton canvas, I would pitch it.
But it may be duradon or a synthetic that looks and feels like canvas.
Test a thread with a match.
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Re: what are these things?

You can also mount a trysail on its own track, parallel to the main. Sometimes you can even add a cross-over track to keep it rigged and stowed, switch the track, and haul it up the main track. Then again, unless you really need a trysail, it's probably more useful as a sunshade and conversation piece.
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Re: what are these things?

Don't throw it out until you know what it really is.
Why wouldn't a storm trisail work on your boat?
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Re: what are these things?

we can't get to the track on the mast. We have a roller furled main.

I know I wrote "canvas" but that's not accurate. It's definitely a synthetic.

We're still working our way thru the sails, spreading them out and refolding them etc. on the patio.

We've got a spinnaker and an asym spinnaker both. A big Genoa on a furler. Two original jibs and a main that came with the boat. The roller furled main. another big jib. a 'drifter' and the trisail. We won't be keeping all that on the boat, of course. Probably just keep the asym and drifter on board along with the roller genny and main.

We had two spinnaker poles on it, but have already removed those. Been trying to think of something I could make out of them at the house.
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