Stus-List 6 part mainsheet and also traveller location

Michael Clow mdclow at
Wed Sep 11 08:00:11 EDT 2013

Our modified 6 part mainsheet arrangement can be seen here:



From: CnC-List [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:29 AM
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Subject: Re: Stus-List 6 part mainsheet and also traveller location


I have the same arrangement on my C&C 32 and highly recommend it.  The
biggest reason was so when short handed the driver can have access to the
main sheet.  The other big reason is the responsiveness, especially on
jibes.  Late last season we added a main sheet fine tuning block setup.  The
classic arrangement is to put it between the two big main sheet 6 to 1
blocks BUT this did not work because there was not enough vertical distance
between them.  So we were able to put the fine tuner horizontally on the
boom.  I will take a picture this evening and post to the web and send along
a link. 


Michael Clow

Desire <> , C&C 32, Lake St. Clair


From: CnC-List [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at] On Behalf Of David
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 9:56 PM
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Subject: Re: Stus-List 6 part mainsheet and also traveller location


I had a traveller forward of the companionway on my previous 34 and now my
newer 34+.  On the 34, I added a triple block with becket and cam (Lewmar)
on the traveller so I had 6:1 up and down to the boom.  It worked much more
smoothly than going around all the corners of the stock arrangement.  I run
the mainsheet back to the helm and when shorthanded and can adjust the main
easily without going forward to a winch unless it was blowing pretty hard.
I also added a Garhauer vang and instead of the traveller, I used the vang
(vang sheeting) so that the main sheet controlled the boom in and out and
the vang up and down. Far easier when shorthanded than going up to the
coachroof to make adjustments.  


Last week, I finally put together the same thing on my newer 34+.  I used a
Garhauer triple block (becket cam) which was about half the price of Harken
or Lewmar and far beefier in construction.  The main seems to be
significantly larger than my 34 because it is significantly harder to adjust
by hand when blowing, but I can run it to a winch on the coach roof when it
blows and the downward angle bypasses the cam.  So I would say that for any
boat up to about 34', the 6:1 works great.  I would think harder about it
above 34.  Dave


On Sep 9, 2013, at 12:02 PM, Marek Dziedzic <dziedzicmj at> wrote:


On my old C&C 24 I had the traveller aft of the companion way (almost a foot
aft). It was great for handling the main (I also had a good Harken traveller
car there), but it was a major pain for anyone going inside. My admiral
hated it. To the point that the hard requirement for the new(er) boat was
that it had the traveller on the cabin top.


Now we have an easy access below, but the sail trimming is more complicated.



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David Knecht


1990 C&C 34+

New London, CT


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