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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:20 am 
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I just found Ronstan "Keypin locking Halyard shackles" at West Marine. They look pretty much perfect for the jib head; install permanently on the lower halyard block.

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A snap shackle is even handier but I think weaker.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:29 pm 
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MBounds wrote:
culpyy wrote:
Thank for all of the info!
Can hardware length be a problem? The longer the hardware length is in the assembly for main sheet blocks, doesn't that limit the amount of "sheet in" one can produce? With as inconvenient it is to have a single clevis pin and cotter ring, it would be the shortest length between the traveller and the bottom main sheet block.
New to all of this. Just trying to streamline setup without sacrificing performance. Thanks again!
Short answer is "yes."


For racing, a small, screw-in bow shackle is used at the top of the mainsheet. Smaller the better, and on the new boats, the boom bail is installed higher, so you can just barely get the body of the shackle through. Very low profile.

On the bottom of the main, the stock pin is used, or you can use a fast pin or even a shackle (pin goes through the holes; body goes around the side of the traveler top plate.

Jib tack - use the pin of the shackle through the tack and the forestay adjuster and the bow goes around the front:
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Jib clew - better to show than tell:
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It's a bit hard to see, but the shackle goes through two holes in the clew plate and the blocks are hung off the side. It's a PITA to put on (three hands), but once on, it's the absolute lowest profile and it works very nicely. (photo is from my '98 before I installed the current stock traveler cars)


I tried the Jib Tack this way yesterday, and it ground on the plates........... errrrrggggg.

But it was a great day of sailing!!!!!!!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:39 pm 
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sxrracer wrote:
I tried the Jib Tack this way yesterday, and it ground on the plates........... errrrrggggg.

The plates are aluminum - much softer than the stainless steel shackle and the block body. Of course it's going to mark the plates to do it that way.

Some things that racers do don't preserve a boat's pristine condition. Then again, neither does just using the boat.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:56 pm 
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Lol. True!!!! When I rigged the boat I felt like I did not get enough tension on jib. Just getting use to it and trying different things. Either way it was a great day with 3 16' out at same time.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:22 pm 
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Wait, why were you not at the H17 Nationals?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:45 am 
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Long story that involves a nephew's bar mitzvah.

I could have gone, but my house key wouldn't have worked when I got home.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:40 pm 
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Let me guess, He is your wife's sister or brothers kid.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:52 pm 
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sxrracer wrote:
Let me guess, He is your wife's sister or brothers kid.

Wife's brother. Not hard to guess.


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