Since I have converted my 18 to a tramp launch spin, my tramp has way too much clutter with the jib sheet, and spin sheets and haylard on it. I have been considering ways to solve this problem. My best idea so far is a self tacking jib, I think.
The Harken jib track and traveler car are very nice, but very expensive. I am not really wanting to drop $1,000 on this mod. So, I have been forced to resort to making this at home.
The idea is simple, I can easily make a round bar SS track at home. I have the tools to give it a proper radius and a TIG to make related brackets. I understand my radius is based off the forestay and my track should be mounted perpendicular to it. How long are F-18 tracks?
I am still thinking on how best to do the traveler. I could do something as simple as a SS ring around the track or a block that would ride the track, but I wanted to know if anyone has built something better than that at home or has a better idea.
I am thinking of going with this layout, the 2:1http://www.harken.com/rigtips/SelfTackJibsStaysails.php