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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:42 pm 
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Location: Costa Rica
I have seen a few Getaways on line with these sails and I am getting ready to add one to mine. I am going to use a furler system and I am considering the Ronstan 60 series which is a continuous line system and want to know if anyone has any experience with it. I have a friend coming down to visit in a few months and he will bring all of the parts needed with him, except for the pole, I can't figure out how to get it in his luggage. I can get aluminium tubing here for the pole, but I need the dimensions if anyone on this site has them. From the photos I have seen I am guessing they are about 11 to 12ft long and about a 2" diameter.

One of the major reasons I bought the getaway is the front tramp and I would like to keep it clear for the family to use. Because of this I am considering reinforcing the front cross beam and attaching a short 4'6" pole (bowsprit) to it, with the bridle wires attached to the front of the hulls. This shorter pole would give me a total length of 9'6" from the main beam and a sail area of approximately 85sf, which I think would probably be 25 to 30% less than with the full length pole. With the reduced load on the sail and less leverage on a short pole, I wonder if the front cross beam would be able to handle the sail.

One last question on this project, Even if I use a full length pole I will keep the length at 9'6" and considering the size of the sail, about double the factory jib, are standard blocks suitable for the sheets, or would ratchamatic blocks be needed.

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