Firstly, some other solution options:
Originally Posted by jbinbi
So to get this back on topic, my thought was that getting rid of the 2:1 purchase on the top of sail might let it drop more freely. Clearly there is some friction. I have an electric winch to get the sail up, but didn't think on a 38 non square sail I would need that much purchase to need the extra block on the head of the sail. Since I am new to cats, I could be wrong.
In the spring, I will try lube as well.
For those without cats chiming in, getting on top of the cabin top, and pulling down this sail is no easy feat. Plus pulling down the sail required quite a bit of effort. This was a 10 min job, with me hanging on it 4' seas. I don't want to have to leave the cockpit until the boat is in the harbor tied up.
One to look into, is reducing the friction of your masthead halyard sheave. As if it's just a plain old sheave on a pin, without any bearings (in the sheave), then that alone could be a good sized piece of the puzzle right there.
If it is (such a sheave), then look at replacing it with one of these Harken
should help a good bit.
And even if your sheaves (plural, as in on all of your halyards) do have bearings. Take them out of the spar anyway, & give them some quality maintenance
As typically when one does such to a block or sheave, you wind up removing a lot of dirt & other material which has been gumming things up, & that has a Big impact on the free rolling abilities of said pieces of hardware
use dry lube, if any (as dictated by materials) for these applications.
Also, seriously consider giving your halyard a slipperier jacket for it's top 20' or so. Such as a Spectra (Dyneema) anti-chafe sleeve. If your current
jacket is polyester that is.
Just ensure that the transition between the jackets is smooth, so that you don't introduce extra friction into things at that juncture. That, & of course, make sure that things are properly tapered into the halyard's core
, & lock stitched, etc.
I'd suggest removing the cover on that section of the halyard in order to reduce friction. Assuming that it's Dyneema
cored. But unless you go up your mast a lot, to inspect things for chafe, then that idea gets the thumbs down.
Also, you could compare your halyard loadings against it's rated strength. And if in stepping down a size, in terms of diameter, you'll still have a strong enough halyard. Then that'll reduce ffriction as well.
Okay, time to switch geas:
To the OP, I'm not purposefully trying to put you on the spot, however, most of the below queries & comments, to me, are just common sense.
How does one have a $1/4 million+ boat, & not know about;
track & sliders. Something which applies to any
a downhaul. I mean that's something I knew about when I was like 10, although we'd never used nor needed one.
, & thus reducing friction, in the blocks & hardware through which, a halyard's routed.
Such is just standard maintenance
. Ditto on the sliders & track thing.
Plus from where, comes this fear of leaving the cockpit when not at the dock
Because, as a sailor, you need to be comfortable doing so in any
kind of weather
. Ditto on manually hauling down your sails
by hand (at any time, & in any weather
conditions). Even if it means adding a few steps to the mast, or whatever.
Flat out, those are Seamanship things. AKA, they speak directly to safety
I mean, honestly, 4' seas on a 40' cat are a "big deal". I ask, because, as a non young man, with several herniated discs, I think nothing of free climbing 10' up a mast to shackle on the main halyard.... on a monohull
, rolling around heavily in 10' seas.
So, yeah, I'm befuddled by that one.
And if I'm somehow wrong about the above, I'm open to hearing the "why", along with the undistilled
logic behind same.
I'm speaking out about these things as I see it all to often on here. And to me, it speaks of not having paid one's dues, in learning
more & more about sailing; over time, while working one's way up through bigger, & bigger boats.