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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:57 am 
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I've noticed in a few pictures people have rope tied to the boom when the sail is down. I don't have a rope tied to my boom. What is the deal with this? What line is connected with the boom that I'm seeing? Is this line left on when the sail is attached? See the pic below.

Just to be clear...this is the line that attaches to the boom right above the main sheet block.

http://www.abersoch.co.uk/img/boats-for ... rindle.jpg


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:06 am 
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I would guess this is just a convenient place to tie off the main halyard when the boat is not in use. Most of us who keep our boats on the beach tie the halyard away from the mast so it doesn't slap and bang all night and piss off the neighbors. I tie mine to the eye strap on the rear beam. On the Prindle in your photo it probably elevates and limits the boom from bouncing around on the tramp.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:08 am 
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Not sure how the Prindle works, but when I take the sail off the boom comes with it. The topping-lift wouldn't really apply. I can't see this even being a consideration on a Hobie 16.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:52 am 
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Same on the prindle. When you take the main sail down....the boom goes with it.

I suppose in these pictures I see, they're just using the main sail halyard to support the boom to keep both the line, and the boom out of the way.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:49 pm 
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The Prindle boom is loose footed, so it can more easily stay with the boat. On the Hobie 16, the boom is attached to the foot of the sail with a bolt rope, so you would have to slide the boom off before remounting it to hang from the main halyard. Later Hobie designs (17,18,20,21...) also have loose footed sails.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:30 pm 
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nboyer941 wrote:
I suppose in these pictures I see, they're just using the main sail halyard to support the boom to keep both the line, and the boom out of the way.


Where are these other pictures, and are any of them Hobie 16s?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:51 am 
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AntonLargiader wrote:
nboyer941 wrote:
I suppose in these pictures I see, they're just using the main sail halyard to support the boom to keep both the line, and the boom out of the way.


Where are these other pictures, and are any of them Hobie 16s?


http://www.abersoch.co.uk/img/boats-for ... rindle.jpg


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:00 am 
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That's apparently (bad link) the same pic as before, which isn't a Hobie 16.

I'm just curious, because twice you've mentioned seeing various pictures, and you're posting in the Hobie 16 forum, so I've been assuming you're seeing pictures (plural) of Hobie 16s rigged this way. I can't imagine why they would be, but I'm all eyes.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:51 am 
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AntonLargiader wrote:
That's apparently (bad link) the same pic as before, which isn't a Hobie 16.

I'm just curious, because twice you've mentioned seeing various pictures, and you're posting in the Hobie 16 forum, so I've been assuming you're seeing pictures (plural) of Hobie 16s rigged this way. I can't imagine why they would be, but I'm all eyes.



A simple Google image search showed this one:
http://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising-gr ... -kat-baloo

No, the first picture is not a Hobie, it's a prindle. Same concept.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:58 am 
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I think for that purpose (sail camping) the topping-lift approach makes perfect sense. You want the boom there as a support, and you need to take the sail down but don't really have anywhere else to put it anyway, so it's pretty logical.

Looks like a great way to spend a long weekend!

I suppose you could do this if you have your boat on the beach outside your beach house, but I've never seen it done. I think most people want to protect their sails and mainsheet blocks better than that.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:43 am 
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All they did was connect the main halyard to the back of the boom, hoist it up, and cleat it off. There is nothing special going on here, its just the main halyard.

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