Last Saturday was a sad day, we put the boats away for the winter.
So we got talking....are there better ways to do certain things. Like for the H16's, at the end of a sailing session, we typically lower the main and jib, loosen the downhaul, undo the mainsheet from the padeye and clear the traveler, clear the gooseneck assembly from the mast so we can remove the boom with the mainsail still attached. Then we roll up the main with the blocks and mainsheet, then the jib, and carefully stuff the whole mess into a sailbag.
Some have suggested that we might remove the mainsail from the boom, and leave the boom, blocks and mainsheet on the boat. The idea is that the wet mainsheet would prevent mould etc in the sailbag. This also means that we save a bit of rigging the next time re the tail of the mainsheet, similar to a H18.
putting the sail back on doesn't seem any harder than what we're used to do with other types of boats; granted it's not as simple as the H18s, but not particularly harder than rigging an Albacore. I think I'd suggest following procedure:
* hoist the sail up without the boom (should be easier than with)
* take the main block off the cross beam so that the boom can move reasonably freely
* slide it onto the sail
* slide the gooseneck assembly into the mast
* reattach the tack of the sail
* put on the outhaul
* reattach the mainblock.
* the boom and main sheet always stays on the boat, it reduces opportunities to loose shackles and other parts.
Any opinions out there?
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