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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:41 am 
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In higher winds the single harken does not quite give me enough leverage to keep Brave on the edge with any precision for long. Thinking about upgrading to a double system to make it easier to handle the sail with one hand. The pull is a bit too much for me in full gear to attenuate the sail with one hand for long.

The block is attached to the rudder assembly through a 4 inch post, which I might be able to replace with a metal cable, but I would prefer another post.

Any ideas, suggestions, experiences, part numbers?

Thank you in advance!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:53 am 
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Please let us know if you purchase - good question. I'm not so happy with smoothness of the stock mainsheet ratchet. I've looked at the Harken catalog and it's tough to tell what would work. It looks like the airblock series can be dissembled, which would allow the metal post to be inserted in the whole in the bottom. I have not taken any measurements yet, but I really prefer the slide mechanism for the ratchet on the Harken.

In the catalog, there is a "double-line" mainsheet setup (not sure of the official name). It looks very cool; it effective gives you gross and fine control - pull both lines and the mainsheet moves in "high gear" or pull one line and the mainsheet moves in "low gear." Like all Harken - very pricey, but very cool. Cheers, Kevin.

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