Mizzen sheet – wish it had a winch?

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October 22, 2010 at 13:10 #4671
Van
Van
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We’ve had Rainshadow about a year now, and just got new sails (a saga yet to be told…). We took her out and I got to thinking about how handling the sails is a lot easier with the right gear.

For instance, as we all know, the Mizzen sheet goes to the stb side of the cockpit where it is just cleated off. When the wind picks up and you are close hauled, it’s really hard to get that sail in tight. The new Mizzen is a bit bigger than the original, with battens and a roach, so I also think it’s more powerful.

Recently, I realized that on a stb tack, I can just use the unused primary winch (can’t believe it took me 9 months to figure that out). So it got me thinking that maybe it should have a dedicated winch.

Has anyone considered or done this? Where would you put it?

TIA!

October 23, 2010 at 11:27 #7731
Ronar M
Ronar M
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Hi Rainshadow

I have fitted Ronar M with two separate sheets for the mizzen and beefed up the purchase (having now a 3:1 purchase on each side) This not only makes pulling it in easier but also means I can get the mizzen boom amidships when beating ensuring it is not backwinded by the main. Finally the lazy sheet can be tightened down to act as a kicking strap (boom vang) and get a flatter & better sail profile.

Trevor

October 23, 2010 at 21:47 #7741
Van
Van
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Hi Trevor,

I had wondered if having two sheets was a viable solution, great to hear it works for you. It had not occured to me to up the purchase as well.

I’ll look into this some more, but it does sound very feasible and not too expensive.

Van

July 8, 2018 at 09:45 #26353

Rhapsode
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Has anyone considered fitting cam cleats for mizzen and genny sheets so as to free up the winches for the mizzen?

Any thoughts or possible issues from the members??

Peter

 

 

July 17, 2018 at 22:45 #26362
David and Felicity
David and Felicity
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We have fitted the two sheet tripple purchase system (using 8mm) line as described by Ronar M. It is much better than the original one. We have also bought cam cleats to take the sheets and will be fitting them this weekend. I will let you know how they work in a couple of weeks when we have tried them out.

David

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