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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:39 am 
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I have looked closely at the position of the rear cam cleat and the turn block that feeds the line to it. It is a much more severe angle than the front set of hardware.

If you take a fresh piece of line, pull it tight and run it back and forth through the blocks a dozen times you will see visible wear on the line. The position of the turn block keeps the line tight against the outboard cam which is where I think the wear is coming from.

I thought about adding another block in front of the cam cleat to redirect the line but I'm not sure if the deck of the boat can handle the load.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:03 am 
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I was thinking the same thing.

What if the cam was rotated to the right and down say 45 to the right. Would that reduce the tension?
Perhaps a swivel cam?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:10 pm 
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I'm not sure how you could rotate the cam because it is attached to the aka brace.

I hope Hobie will look into this and figure out a solution.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:34 pm 
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I wonder if adding a fairlead to the cleat would help, same as the furling line cleat has?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:56 am 
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I've had my TI out about 6 times and I have the same kind of wear on the main sheet coming from the rear seat cam. Almost no wear from the front seat, but I usually sail from the rear seat. I thought it was excessive wear also, but it is easier to hold now.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:56 am 
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My sheet has really begun to fray a *lot* more in the past two weeks - more like shredding now. I've got little pieces hanging off, not just fuzz. This weekend promises to have a lot of wind with heavy loads (Hurricane Earle is blasting through), so I'll post a photo at the end of our sailing to show just how bad it has become.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:18 pm 
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Mitch,

You might want to take the sheet off and reverse the endes. If you were through the outer jacket on the line you'll be done sailing until you replace it.

It would make a good picture but might ruin your weekend of sailing.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:14 am 
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Here's what my main sheet looks like now. The external sheath has not yet been breached, but it's close. Sorry for the old coloring, but the shot was taken in low light and the colors got skewed.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:06 am 
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Mitch,

Welcome to the club. I just wish I could find a sheet the color of yours.

Have you tried removing it and installing it reversed? It might give you more wear because the shredding is coming from the rear jam cleat.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:59 pm 
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Mitch, I've ordered a fairlead to add to the aft mainsheet cleat. It's the part used on the furling line cleat up forward. I think this should reduce the fraying.

Since you and Cindy love the wind, you might want to consider changing your sheet to the 3:1 system, which would reduce load on the cleat, at the expense of having a 50% more sheet to haul in though.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:45 pm 
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I switched to the 3:1 and I think that is helping.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:19 am 
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TxYackMan wrote:
I switched to the 3:1 and I think that is helping.

Mark,

Hate to tell you but I switched to 3:1 before I went sailing the first time and my main sheet did the same thing. When I started this thread I was still rigged that way. I've gone back to 2:1 because I got tired of all the line in the cockpit at 3:1.

It might slow the damage down but it won't stop it.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:21 am 
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Agreed. I think it is still fraying perhaps at a slightly slower rate.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:46 am 
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captain-max wrote:
I wonder if adding a fairlead to the [aft] cleat would help, same as the furling line cleat has?

Anyone tried this yet? I'm still waiting for my bits.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:55 am 
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I am gonna try this by using the front fairlead in the back. I think that will work???

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