Hi Jean, and others, the thread could be more alive, that is true.
It lives by contributions. These could be social, or regarding technical matters about the boat. Tips about maintenance
, improvements, problem points of the Mahe.
Contributions require altruistic behaviour from the participants: to inform the others about technical improvements, maintenance
, etcetera, that you have solved
yourself. And which could be very useful to others.
I will post a few. Hope that uploading the pictures works.
The first picture is the top eye of our mainsail
. This was put in last October. It prevents the top of the main sail very well from being damaged by the runner, as with the original construction. It is a part which the sail maker in France
had lying around. The (not visible bush) that connects it to the runner is a bit too thin, requires a washer on each side.
The second picture is an elastic which covers the jammer of the jib halyard
. It excellently prevents the jib
sheet from getting stuck behind the jammer when tacking. Since it is elastic you can easily lift
it above the jammer when you have to release the jammer.
I don't have a good solution yet to prevent the jib sheet to get stuck behind the mast winch
, except for laying the sheet on the winch
The third picture is of the port forward hatch
, where we keep the fenders and mooring
lines. I mounted a piece of wood, with 3 double cleats
on it and 4 line tidying hooks (2 of which are visible). The cleats
are used to hang the fender
lines on, so that you can easily take them out.
On the starboard side I have a similar construction for the spinnaker sheets
The 4th and 5th picture are the lifeline construction I just installed. We are very happy with it. There is a yellow band which runs from steering
seat leg, is looped around and knotted to the mast
, and is attached at the other end to one support of the bimini
. Separate lifelines
(one on starboard, one port) are spliced to the yellow band with a nylon part.
A third lifeline is permanently attached to the steering
It has big advantages over other solutions I feel:
- No metal hook damaging the boat, windows etcetera
- You hook it on EVERY time you go forward eg for reefing since the fuss is minimal. Even when you have to work on the winches when you are dangerously close to the railing.
- You can on one hand reach the mast for reefing, on the other hand the lifelines
are so short that when you go overboard
, you will hang only partly in the water
(it is said that water-reaching lifelines are dangerous when you drop in the water
at high boat speed).
Only disadvantage so far is that you can not reach the forestay, furler
and front cleats; but you do not really have to go there in rough weather
when you should use lifelines. And you could use a longer standard hook-on lifeline for these cases.
I have got more.... For another time.
Hope to see contributions from others. Kind regards,
Jef and Marin
On our way to the Baltic
, until mid October.