- Jan 4View Source
No, the trick of moving the snotter up and down the mast is not mentioned in 103 Small Boat Rigs
I wrote a letter to PCB years ago describing my mods to one of his Cartoppers. It was a two snotter system which entailed one traditional snotter but set much higher up on the mast than normal, combined with a second downhaul snotter, Both snotters were rigged back to the cockpit for easy manipulating.
The system worked great, with the drawback that adjusting one snotter necessarily changed the other, so getting exactly the sail shape change you wanted always entailed manipulating both snotters. Also, sprit boom rigs work best when the entire rig, mast and all, is allowed to rotate. If the mast can rotate it allows the snotter/sprit geometry, and thus snotter tention, to remain constant for all sheet positions. Running the controls aft interferes with mast rotation.
PCB replied quickly to the letter, but did not seem, as I recall, impressed with the mod. It is, admittedly, a complication to an otherwise very simple rig.