{Stus-List} Mainsheet system on C&C 35-III

John and Maryann Read johnpread at comcast.net
Sat Jan 15 09:27:27 EST 2011


Our 34 has mid boom sheeting.  Single Harken 3 sheave blocks on traveler and
boom.  Had to install larger bale on boom when original broke.  Sheet goes
forward to mast then aft to 2 speed winch on cabin roof next to
companionway - I think it is a Barient 22.  Traveler is Harken big boat
series with cam cleats each side.  Works very well.   One crew is dedicated
to trimming main and winch provides more than enough power to trim even if
fully loaded.  All lines hang down below so are out of the way.  That crew
stands in companionway and is out the way of other crew but can easily reach
out a hand to help if needed.  Easy to play traveler going upwind to balance
the rig during puffs.  Interesting to note that from my position on the helm
I can see the boom actually sagging when fully trimmed in a breeze.  The
downside is the helmsman can not easily trim the main
John & Maryann Read

Legacy III
1982 C&C 34
Noank, CT

  -----Original Message-----
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[mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com]On Behalf Of Tim Goodyear
  Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 3:27 PM
  To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
  Subject: {Stus-List} Mainsheet system on C&C 35-III

  I'm going to change out my mainsheet system this year to replace some worn
blocks / cleat, as well as trying to make it kinder to the mainsail trimmer
and making that position accessible to more people.  The traveller upgrade
forced on me when the car disintegrated last year is wonderful and I wish I
had done it before.  What do people use for their mainsheets, how do they
find them (especially for racing)?  What line do people use?

  My current setup is a 5:1 with a fine-tune inside the boom (that rarely
gets used).  I'm thinking of going to a 6:1 or 8:1 two-speed and getting rid
of the fine-tune.  The main issue with the current system has been getting
the final bit of trim on (the fine tune would help there) and being able to
dump quickly if needed (fine tune can't help).  Something like the Ronstan
RF72900 or Harken equivalent would probably work, but that is a little
pricey and will mean a lot of line in the cockpit...



  C&C 35-III
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