We have a 2007 Lavezzi
we bought a year ago and have been living on board since then. We have maintained the current
sheet and reefing layout to see how it worked and realise we need to make some changes. Ideally I want to run everything back to the helm
I am looking for feedback from current
and previous Lavezzi
owners on what changes they have made. If possible please post pictures so we can start to gather ideas.
Our Lavezzi has what I would call the minimum setup.
Coachtop: one winch
port and one winch
stbd with a single
jammer for each. Main sheet runs through the single
jammer with the headsail in the the winch tailer.
: 1 winch each side. Stbd winch for topping lift
, headsail halyard
. Port for headsail and gennaker
halyards along with the reefing lines. The reefing line jammers are inside the front of the boom.
- Not having everything at the helm
. This is the way all the newer cats are configured and it just makes sense.
- The headsail sheet and the main are run to a single winch meaning you cant trim both at the same time. Yes the main has it's own jammer and you can cross the cockpit
to control it if needed. IMHO it needs to be 2 winches at the helm so the sheet and main can both be controlled at the same time.
- When headsail is to port, having to cross from the helm to trim. Although not a big issue it is just another process which isnt needed when all controls are at the helm.
Headsail Sheets Solution?
We have seen on Toucanoes (was Carpe Diem) a turning block added to port in front of the winch with the sheet then routed to the helm and it's own jammer. An additional winch was added to the helm position allowing you to control the port headsail sheet without leaving the helm.
Also means you can have both winches loaded (main on one, headsail on the other) so you can trim either at any time. Saves having to cross the boat to work the port side headsail sheet
Unless someone has a better idea, we will likely implement the same setup.
Having the reefs
at the mast
is not that big a deal, except in big seas when you can get tossed around a little. Our previous boat was a Northshore 38 mono and had single line reefing. You could get the 1st and 2nd reef points set from the cockpit
Although the reef line jammers (is it still called a jammer when it is a serrated piece of metal sitting inside the boom?) boom is effective, it is not ideal as you really need to watch what you are doing to ensure it is set.
Once set is fine but again in heavy swells I would much prefer we don't need to head
to the mast to set the reef. Only solution I am aware of is some kind of single line reef and feeding the reef lines back to the helm.
I am not that smart, so perhaps someone has an alternative?
Running back to the helm would be great with some kind of single line reefing.
I have seen a Lavezzi ages ago where someone had removed the winch from the port side of the mast. I just can't recall
what they did with their reefing lines.
Thanks for reading and I welcome all feedback.