Great information John Boy and thanks for sharing. The bronze ring and
larger blocks I will certainly take into consideration and ain't the
truckers hitch a great knot?
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, John Boy wrote:
> I've only sailed lug rigs and LOM's and I returned home yesterday from
the FL120. Â My wife and I sailed our Normsboat about 150 miles over
five days. Â We went a day early to get a little more sailing in
before the event. Â We built Happy Adventure in a hurry starting in
mid February and finishing up, really stopped building, about two weeks
ago. Â Oil base paint takes awhile to dry you know. Â We borrowed
the 16 foot mast from my PDGoose, the 91 sqft lug and LOM mizzen from
Looney Toon, our Toon2.
> Here's how I do it. Â On my yard I've lashed a 1 1/2 inch bronze
ring that I pass my halyard through and then clip it on the front of the
yard. Â For my downhaul I use a trucker's hitch. Â My main is
polytarp and three years old and pretty much blown out so I had to add a
vang to try to get some tension in the leech. Â The sucker flapped
the whole trip. Â Anyway, something to consider is getting some
larger blocks for the sheets. Â I've been using small Racelite blocks
from Duckworks. Â They work fine but a friend of mine was parting out
an old beach cat and gave me a bucket of old blocks. Â A little Reel
Magic spray and they were as good as new. Â Much faster and less work
when a gust hits you.
> I have yet to add jiffy reefing to it. Â One of these days I will.
Â On HA's first sail we managed to survive winds 25G35 with no reef.
Â Maybe that's why my main is stretched out. ;)
> BTW the Normsboat is best described as a baby Dovekie. Â Mine's
modified in a couple of ways. Â First to the cockpit, I added 6
inches to the cockpit length and a two foot deep bridge deck. Â I
opted to leave off the motor well. Â Later on I'll add a trolling
motor for getting in and out of the landing. Â
> John Boy
> I have a blog! Â http://toon2sailor.blogspot.com/
> âSeaward ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that
has turned my head.âÂ
> Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
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