I bought an old sunfish this summer, and the sail is great, but I'm missing a few parts, one of which is a mainsheet block. I have a little ring to mount it on to, but I've been looking at ratchet swivel blocks, and they seem pretty expensive. Any thoughts on a cheaper solution?
I've only been taking the ASA courses, and have no experience sailing (yet!). I'm struggling to understand the point of a traveler, and how it's used to trim a sail.
I have a swivel block for my mainsheet. It looks like this: https://www.catalinadirect.com/shop-by-boat/not-a-catalina/dinghies/mainsheet-swivel-block-set-for-cp-142-c-15-cp-165-c-250/
Mine is still in working order, turns 360°. However, the boat is 20 years old and as the block rotates when I move around in the boat, its not quite as smooth as id like. Ive never tried to take one apart but id like to know if that is possible.
I always cover my boat, so I doubt theres resistance from gunk. Maybe it needs a good grease in the bearings? Are there bearings? Can I get to them?
Thanks for any help y’all can offer!
Newb here. 4:1 is my current setup with 2 single blocks on the boom.
What blocks do I need to add to make this easier to pull? Quad on bottom and doubles on the boom? The harken diagram of 6:1 only uses 1 boom attachment. Is that ok?
So I got out sailing yesterday evening, for the first time in years, in a local race. I got to use a club boat which was a Topaz which we were all sailing solo with just the main up.
Anyway, I got going and it was all coming back to me like riding a bike... Except for when I was tacking or gybing and it suddenly felt like I was all in a heap with the tiller, mainsheet, arms and legs all entwined when I crossed sides.
I've come to the conclusion that this was because all my previous sailing experience was on boats setup with the mainsheet block fixed to the transom or a horse across the stern meaning I could keep the mainsheet and tiller to the one side of me and move across with ease but now that I was dealing with something on both sides I just couldn't cope.
Ultimately I'm wondering if there is a trick I'm missing here to make the manoeuvre any smoother or is this just a disadvantage of having the mainsheet block situated in the middle of the boat?
tldr: getting tangled in mainsheet and tiller when tacking because the MS block is mounted in the middle of the boat. Any hints?
How do I know when the mainsheet is too tight? I can tell that it's loose when the sail starts to luff, but I can't see when it's not loose enough. Any ideas?
I just picked up an old boat that I am getting ready for spring. It's a South Coast 22. It is currently missing all of the blocks for the mainsheet, even the port and starboard padeyes that they attach to.
Now I understand I could just go to West Marine and pay $500+ to replace all of the items however I am trying to be a bit more thrifty about it. Can anyone suggest a good place to find used gear other than ebay?
I can understand the cost of certain blocks due to ratchets and other fancy features, however some things seem way over priced. The padeye I found that matches the holes left in the boat are about $100 each. http://www.mauriprosailing.com/us/product/HAR627.html?gclid=CNXIoayg4LsCFcsRMwod_nAAGQ. That seems just ridiculous.
I also would prefer to not pay full price for blocks as well as I dont care much about weight or performance. I dont plan to race, just want to cruise around.
Here is a picture of the simple rigging set up my boat was designed for - http://sanjuan21.net/midwest/mainsheet.gif
Again, any suggestions on where to look or what to buy would be greatly appreciated. If you have gear to sell PM me!