Subject: Re: [harryproa] Re: telescoping again
From: Paul Nudd
Date: 5/2/2007, 7:14 PM

k_s_oneill wrote:
>> The halyard arrangement seems a bit odd, though. I'm sure
> Schionning
>> and company have reasons for running the line outside the sails, but
>> from the photos, it seems as if this would affect sail shape and
>> efficiency in the precise location that the luff pocket is supposed
> to
>> be helping.
> It looks to me as though the halyard is being used there to bend the
> mast and flatten the sail when they're reefed; I guess that when
> reefed the sail luff tension is not enough to bend the mast.
When I got my Seawind 24 in 1981 it came with an external main halyard
and no method of tensioning the luff. When I installed luff tensioning
tackle the result was the mast bent to the side that the external
halyard came down. I tried leading the halyard down the other side and
the mast bent that way. I solved the problem by converting to an
internal halyard.
Ideally a halyard lock should be used if it can be done safely.

Paul Nudd

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