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

Tom Anderson tom at nonpareilracing.com
Sat Jan 15 21:58:54 EST 2011

Tim, John etc.,

I switched to a Lewmar setup for our mainsheet system  ( see 
http://www.cncphotoalbum.com/doityourself/garhauer/traveller.htm) and said bye 
bye to running it to a winch several years ago.  Because we have a Garhauer 
solid vang, the way we sheet the main I have been told is called vang sheeting 
first, ie, we put the vang on tight after getting the main up, then we use the 
mainsheet system to trim the main.  This system has worked very well for us for 
many years.  My wife can trim main while racing easily up until about 20 knots, 
and then we put in a reef and continue on.

BTW, it's interesting that the C&C 34 has the same identical boom as the 32. 
 John, you could easily switch to a system like mine.  I'd be happy to send 
info on whoich blocks we are using to anyone who needs it.

Oh hell, they are #29901630 Lewmar 60mm ratcheting triple block w/ cam cleat 
for 3/8"/10mm line, #29901651 Lewmar 60mm Single VF Block,  #29901652 Lewmar 
60mm Double VF Block.


Tom Anderson
C&C 32 Nonpareil
Marblehead, MA

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Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 09:27:27 -0500
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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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