Originally Posted by bmiller
The side deck has two planes. As you can see in the photo
below from where the shrouds attach it goes back flat for about 5 feet, then it changes to a fairly sharp angle about 2 feet in front of the whinch. So I can make a track that starts about the chain plates and goes aft about 4 feet. Don't know if that will be effective or not
The 2 planes on the side deck are quite common; they are designed to prevent water
running along the side deck and into the cockpit - the small step is supposed to direct the water
over the gunwales.
The length of your genoa track is very much dependent on the range of car positions required to accommodate all the possible car positions that you might want to adopt.
For example, on my boat, I have 3 tracks each side:
1. The main track is about 8' long and runs aft from the shrouds. This is for windward work and can accomodate the full range of car positions for my #1L, #1R, #2, #3.
2. The outboard
track is about 5' long and is parallel to the main track about 15" further outboard (I have very wide side decks). This is used for "free-sheeting" when reaching or running-reaching
3. The forward track is about 3' long, also parallel to the main track, about 4" inboard and runs 18" fore and aft of the shrouds. This track is used for the #4 and the storm jib
I have also crewed on boats with up to 5 tracks each side.
Obviously, on your boat, from the photos, your side deck is fairly narrow. I am guessing you will not be needing any "outboard tracks". Whether you can accommodate the full range of car positions for your headsails with a single
track; that is the question. Most crusiers carry furling
headsails - maybe a 135% gib and a 100% jib (and probably a small storm jib). I am not particularly familiar with car tracks for such arrangements, but I would hazard a guess that one would, ideally, need about a 3' track for the genoa and about 2' for the jib. Usually storm sails
are high-cut so one would probably be able to accommodate that on the forward end of the jib track.