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Old 26-09-2007, 16:56   #1
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Genoa car control system

I am in the process of changing my genoa car system for #1 & #2 headsails from pinstop to fully adjustable, with a control line lead back to the cockpit. This requires a double turning block at the forward end of the genoa track.

I can either install a double foot block, bolted through the deck, or just use a standard double block, hung of the base of the shrouds (I'm thinking webbing strap). Foot blocks have the advantage of being fixed/solid, but the disadvantage of additional holes in the deck (I'm a fan of not making holes in my boat as a general rule). Hanging a double blockof the base of the shrouds is ok, but is the additional fore-aft loading on the shroud base/cheek plates a cause for concern?
Any suggestions / comments are appreciated
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Old 26-09-2007, 18:11   #2
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Holes are not necessary. Garhauer Marine Hardware -5925701 has your answer.
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This is what I use with great success.

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That is sort of like what I'm looking for delmarrey. I already have the genoa cars (harken 1998 cars) so I will be using them. I had been think a double block, but a fiddle would work just as well... Thanks.
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The problem I have found with double blocks is they get twisted and kinked if not under load, but one can get them closer together.

Maybe if the double blocks were mounted to the cars it would be more stable.
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The genoa cars already have a sheave integrated - only a single, though. I was panning on removing the bolt in the centre of the sheav e and replacing it with an eye-bolt, which would become the becket for the end of the control line. the double block or fiddle block would therefore be fixed at the forward end of the car track. That was my thinking anyway.
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