I need to rig the fractional jib
on my cat, and I'm a rank amateur. I also live in a very rural area so nobody around here to talk with about it.
At this point I think it will be furling
, is designed (not yet purchased) at 143 sq. ft., and I'm running all lines to cockpit
. I altered the designer's plans by putting a cuddy cabin
since I'm above 64 deg. latitude and wanted a bit of shelter. The plans call for track just alongside and aft of the mast
on a 9 deg. sheeting angle. But with other lines run from the mast
, they would have to go under the track, which would mean I need to elevate it for lines crossing under it.
One fellow on the sailing anarchy forum suggested using an adjustable cascade as follows, with the ropes just delineating the center line and 8 deg. sheet angle, the blue diamonds -padeyes, the green line - floating primary block. My advantage is easy to route
other lines and less hole drilling.
The second image is how the deck
looks from a different angle. This image has the track laid on deck as another guy suggested, parallel to the center line, centered more or less on the 8 deg. (or 9 deg per the designer) sheeting angle. But again, I would need to get lines under it. The guy that suggested that track layout thought the cascading block idea was not necessarily easy, but the guy who did suggest it says he loves it on his cat. He said this: "Its simple and works very well. Get the best quality blocks you can afford, the adjustment can even be a tied off lashing if you are only using the same headsail all the time."
Happy to fill in any blanks I left, but curious what others think. Not sure I want to go self-tacking at this point, but I don't know.
3rd pic is old dwg of sail plan (newer has boom for main), but might show something.
thanks for looking, Jim