New Running Rig
(click on the Pictures to get to the Links)
How many times can one guy say
' Oops, Gee, That won't work. Hmm. How do I make that fit?'
It's May 2002. I waited to post this section
until the job was done --
after reworking the whole layout about 3 times.
(Update 2003 -- it all works!)
I really believe that you don't know how
you want your running rig until
you've sailed the boat a while.
Every boat is different, and every sailor is different...
However, the standing rig needed replacement.
So, it made sense to rework the running rig and get it the way I want it.
Because I don't race, my priority was to
rig the boat for short handed sailing,
and make sure I could single hand the boat without ever leaving the cockpit.
For a shorthanded non-racing layout,
it's all driven by the control lines in the cockpit.
What hurt me the most is having my first reef lines fall
I keep referring back to that since it affected every aspect of my layout, and forced me to change everything, drill a bunch of holes, build/buy custom stuff,
etceteras etceteras and so forth
Click on the pic for: The Cockpit Layout
In June 2001, I ripped off all the old
lines and removed Cabin Top Hardware.
there was a six month hiatus while I did the standing rig...
And I built this trick
chock for the whisker pole.
(This little thing makes me smile every time I see it!)
But -- back to The Plan ( Revision C !!! )
The way the lines eventually worked their way across the
deck is very simple. I just had to
bang my head against the standing rig for a while to avoid breaking some basic rules:
A couple of things aren't exactly the way
I want, but that's because I didn't communicate effectively with my rigger.
There was a point where I'd been into this for months
and stopped trying to control everything.
I just wanted the whole Rig Thing to be over, so I could go sailing.
We talked about how the lines should fall, but I stopped dropping by every few days to check in. So, the Topping Lift and my First Reef tack line fall to starboard. The topping lift doesn't really matter, but the first reef line was a huge problem, since my companionway is offset and all the lines need to run back to the cockpit on the port side.
In fairness, the job evolved into something
bigger than anyone intended and dragged on forever, and my rigger ended up
doing stuff he had never expected to do.
Of course, I did too...
[ Though it's a bit annoying to listen to
someone patiently explain to me
that the lines are in the wrong place because my boat wasn't designed like a Farr 40...
Nonetheless it's ultimately my responsibility. ]
Which meant that I had to pull the main sheet
down by the mast, but couldn't use the existing turning block because it made
the sheet cross the Reef One clew line (oh, that again) so
I put another padeye down where it will work for the rig but will cause me do do something creative with the headliner...
and I had to
pull off the blocks I installed last year
Which Brings us to
the Main Deck Layout!
And The Aftermath!
Holy Cow! I can pull all the power tools off the boat and clean it up, stick the name on the transom, let an appropriate woman bust a bottle of champagne on the bow, and go sailing!
Well, I did remove the self-tending Jib...
and then add track for the 90
In December 2002 . .
.Rebuild the Traveler
In March 2004
Add a Foredeck Padeye
In March 2005
a padeye for a turning block for the asym