So hows that new rigging working out? Do you think your new system was faster than just rigging through the rear pad eye. Did it point higher ? Heel more? Stall the rudder?
Did you sail it rigged both ways in the same conditions to compare performance? What adjustments would you make to the rigging under what conditions..forward for lighter wind ..back for heavier winds..etc..etc
I would say it does not point any higher, but carries more power into the wind close hauled. More control over heel because the upper leach is more controllable, sail can be made flatter (may have otherwise capsized in these conditions!). No difference in rudder control ( but never had any problems w/ larger rudder).
My initial thought was to move the block aft in heavier winds, but , because the mast bends so easily, I'm thinking the reverse is true. I ended up shifting forward slightly from the first position. The guideline is, if the upper half of your sail is luffing first, move the block forward more; if the lower half luffs first, move the block back. Problem is, it's hard to spot the lower luff because the clear plastic window is stiffer than the upper sail material!
It's a definite improvement, but I I need to see it in more varying conditions to see if I can make any further improvements!
roadrunner, how did you get photos right in your post, I cant see how to do that from the reply window?
You can't, directly. The picture must be "hosted". There are several hosting sites. I use ImageShack. http://www.imageshack.us/
--click on the site
--when you find your picture, click open
--next screen, check resize image?
; select 320 x 240
. This gives you the same size you see here. The bigger you make it, the longer it takes to open the posting!
--click host it!
--next screen, select either thumbnail for forums (1)
or hotlink for forums (1)
(what I used here). Right click copy
--Go to your forum post; right click paste
That's it. Sounds cumbersome, but once you do it a few times it takes less than 30 seconds. I generally do the hosting in a separate window while I'm writing. It works great -- looking forward to your picture(s)!