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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:18 pm 
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I have question for you guru's, this mainsheet block is on my 1980 16' was this the style that came on this year? and also does it look reeved right?

IMG]http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc71/georgeh75/mainsheet3.jpg[/IMG]

Second, when I am on the port side of the boat all is good but when I go to the starboard side it all gets twisted up looking should I buy a 5:1 upr block or should I just go with the 6:1 setup just doing some fun sailing no serious racing... thanks in advance, George


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:20 pm 
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Do something about the weeds first. Then buy a 6:1.

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If I do something about the weeds my lawn would look dead as that is all that grows in the summer here :lol: George


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:04 am 
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The easy fix - the blocks are reeved in the wrong direction - counter-clockwise in the photo. You need to reeve them clockwise.

From the becket, go aft through the lower block, then forward through the upper becket block, then aft through the lower block, then aft through the upper single block, then through the ratchet.

The expensive fix - get a low-profile 6:1 system. They work much better and the boat will be better behaved with more mast rake.


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Pictures seem to work best for me, so here's a shot of what I use. I've got the same 5:1 system that you have, and I'm not real keen on shelling out a couple hundred bucks for 6:1 right now.

I found this picture in the H16 assembly manual. Apparently not all pictures were changed when 6:1 became standard equipment, and this one is lingering at the end of the manual. This works well for me since I can actually go block to block without things hanging up. The upper blocks end up turning sideways while you're sheeted in hard and the lower block fits nicely between them.

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Again, this may be what Matt described, but I got lost in there somewhere.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:21 am 
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The diagram is the way to go. Better than what I described (or tried to describe :oops: ).

It's been about 25 years since I rigged one of those.


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Looks like you could simply spin the double and the block with becket one half turn counter clockwise (to the left) and you are there.

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OK - now my dumb question - what knot is used on the becket?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:46 pm 
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Use a buntline. It takes up less room and line and locks itself into place.

http://www.realknots.com/knots/hitches.htm#buntline

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Bowline

How to Tie a Bowline Knot


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:50 pm 
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Thanks guys for all the replies, after buying all new standing rigging for the boat and just buying the boat period, the mrs. is a little "shy" (for a lack of better words) on letting me spend anymore dough till she gets a ride.... so I think the 6:1 will have to wait till next year along with a new set of sails. George


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