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Old 16-07-2021, 02:06   #1
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How to build a swing from a sailing boat?

Does anyone know how to build a swing like in the video on a sailing boat? I think you would use spinnaker hailyard but the problem i have is how do you stay away from the mast. Thanks for your help!

https://youtu.be/fJ2sjJSar80?t=25
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Re: How to build a swing from a sailing boat?

To keep the swing away from the mast (and the boat) you need to use the spinnaker pole. It should be guyed off forward and aft to keep it from swinging around into the forestay or shrouds. You can lead the spinnaker halyard through the end of the pole and swing from that, or you can just tie a shorter rope to the end of the pole. Angling the pole up --- w a y up -- will make the swinging better, but will make the swing go closer to the boat. You have to find the 'sweet spot' for your boat and crew that gives a good swing but is still safe to use.
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Re: How to build a swing from a sailing boat?

We just used to use the spin halyard and.... LEAP! Once you got the hang arc-ing away from the boat then letting go, it was fun!

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Re: How to build a swing from a sailing boat?

I use a water ski rope and handle that a cut short and attach to the spin halyard. Can't make a seated swing like in the video, but can have fun on a hot Day.

As little wing said, just time the arc and let go!
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Re: How to build a swing from a sailing boat?

My Son and I used to hang in a bosun's chair close under the clew of our large genoa with a steady breeze on a broad reach. I know your probably speaking of the more common practice of people swinging on the spinnaker of a stern anchored boat, but in a smooth lagoon and underway, we enjoyed this ride.
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Re: How to build a swing from a sailing boat?

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Does anyone know how to build a swing like in the video on a sailing boat? I think you would use spinnaker hailyard but the problem i have is how do you stay away from the mast. Thanks for your help!

https://youtu.be/fJ2sjJSar80?t=25


What... there a swing in that video !!
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