Originally Posted by P30Dude
I have a new to me Pearson P30, I haven't really looked at the boom yet (a lot of snow covering it) so I was wondering how do I attach the mainsail to the boom and mast on a P30? I know there are varying model specific methods.
Thanks in advance,
P-30 No. 280
Have you looked at the mainsail?
The luff will have cars/slugs or a boltrope. Slide the cars/boltrope into the corresponding slot on the mast. Head
of sail attaches to halyard
The foot can be loose or not. Usually a non-loose footed main will have a bolt rope
that slides into a slot on the boom. You will need to slide the foot on before the installing the luff on the mast in most cases. At the aft end will be a clew that is attached to the outhaul
with a shackle. At the forward end the tack is attached to the boom or the foot of the mast.
The only "trick" I can think of is that in a car system the car entry slot is usually 12 inches or more up the mast. You slide the foot into the boltrope slot about 90% leaving some sail out. otherwise the bottom few cars won't "reach" up to the slot. I load a few of the bottom cars first, then start loading the cars from the head down.
The other trick is there are folks that will have you buy fancy "sailboat" approved car lube (graphite etc.) - I keep a bottle of dish soap on the boat. Every few hoists I douse the cars liberally with dish soap they slide easy up and they arguably clean the sail track.
(Jeez - what a post - this is way easier to do than it is to write - LOL)