I figured it out.
FP can you make this more complicated??? Not really I guess.
1) open your Lazy bag
2) put a rope
under the lowest car and route
it through the shackle of the main sail halyard
attached to the headcar.
3) pull up the lashed main sail pack by around 10cm…now you have Limited space to work
4) disconnect the shackle from eye of the main where it is attached to the boom close to the mast
5) pull up the strapped together main sail 15cm more so you have room to work
6) now comes the burner: you need to open the alien hex screw that holds the plastic endcap of the mast track, to reach it you need to rotate the screw that holds the boom till it’s eye is in line with the alien screw of the endcap.
To reach that alien hex screw the ONLY way is with a 10cm long alien hex no. 5 insert for your little wrench…who has that?? Well me with 400kg of tools onboard deep down in the locker…it’s a special tool to work on an Audi R8 Race
car…and now on a FP Lavezzi
A normal alien hex key is to short, the longer one fits hardly with the long side but the short side is too short to be able to put enough force to open it, no space to use a pipe or a plier as lever….a normal alien insert is to big in diameter to fit through the eye of that boom screw.
Well the last way out would be to disconnect the whole boom to get rid of that screw…so you can get to unscrew that plastic endcap…ridiculous….
7) now with the plastic endcap off mark the end of the track on the mast, you need that later as reference. Now you can open the 2nd alien hex screw that holds the mast track
8) at about 50cm above the lazybag on the mast there is this little piece of track that can be dismantled: to do this take out the 4 screws that hold the round security piece and punch it up or down till it’s completely out of that little piece of track.
9) now you take a nylon or rubber hammer and a little puncher and give the lower mast track from top down where it connects to the little piece some TLC. Eventually the track slights a little bit down and you can take out the little track piece. Hurray….
Change your head car
10) to put that little piece back in you need to prepare a 5cm long M8 hex screw with a washer and a nut. Put nut on the screw and screw it down till 1cm Thread is visible, put washer over, keep it in reach. Now 1 person need to hold the little track piece in position while the other person punshes up the lower mast track with the nylon hammer from the lower end till there is no gap between that little piece and lower mast track.
11) now place that M8 screw with the head down between the gooseneck and the lower end of the mast track. That 1 cm thread piece goes into the track on the bottom and head on the gooseneck. Now you take 2 size 10 hex keys and hold with one the head and with the other screw up the nut. The washer above the nut pushes up the lower mast track against that little piece. Only when you pushed it to the reference point you marked in 7)you are able to screw in the lower alien hex screw that holds the the bottom end of the track to secure it in place. Till that screw is in the 2nd person needs to hold the little piece in place and aligns it properly. If not that little piece slides out and is automatically donated to Neptun…you are in trouble…
The Helia 44 has that screw push up solution installed with 2 screws pushing up the track from factory, on Lavezzi there is nothing that helps to push up. Helia has the identical 25/3 track from Zspars as the Lavezzi.
12) now put together in reverse oder from 8) on
Was a 6h operation today with 3 people till we figured that out…
Tomorrow same operation again, now I know how it works…why:
Head car is changed now but I wanna put an intermediate car at each of the 3 reef eye and lash it to the intermediate car.
Catch 2 bunnies at the same time:
1) the full battens are nearly 3 m apart, in the middle the reef eye. Being so far apart means to tighten down the main in close haul is working suboptimal at best as you get bags between the battens…lashing the reef eye to the intermediate car means to extremely reduce this bags and I get the main properly tighten down and better shaped at the same time under all sail points.
2) the reef eye lashed to the intermediate car means it is under all conditions already very close to the mast and fixed which makes reefing much easier and faster. Just drop sail till intermediate car with lashed reef eye is close to boom and put the locking strap through the reef eye and lock it. much easier as it’s fixed now and not pushed away from the mast due to wind
in the sail.
Each intermediate car is 6cm so this adds 18cm of height when folded together, my lazy bag is high enough :-)