jib lead placement for performance AND comfort
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Paul Sentesy (W701)
Saturday, December 30, 2006 11:18 AM
jib sheet lead placement
for performance and comfort
<>Question from Paul: There is a
short track for the jib sheets but it is currently mounted on the deck.
There is also evidence that these tracks were once fitted on the seat
slats. Both the inner and the outer seat slats have holes for this
track. Can you tell me which seat slat is better, the inner one or the
From reading your guide it
seems that the seat mounted track will enable the boat to point higher.
We're talking about very marginal higher
pointing with the seat-mounted track, so I wouldn't bother moving it
unless you're planning to do serious racing. In fact, if I had to rig
my boat for passenger comfort and racing, I would put
my track and fairlead where you can see it near the bottom of http://www.wayfarerinternational.com/jibsheet.html and
cut off the rest of the track since we have not moved our fairlead from
that position in the last 20+ years and have done quite well with it
there (see photo below).
That would leave the decks and from seats available for comfortable
sitting for passengers such as wives, etc. For the ultimate in cruising
comfort, I would try to put a fixed lead-and-cleat arrangement on the
very aft end of the outer front bench board, which would leave the
front benches pretty much clear of seating impediments, yet give near
100% upwind performance.
The one cleating key is to makes sure that your cleat is forced to
angle up since there are few things more frustrating than trying to
cleat the jib sheet, especially in a breeze, into a cleat that hangs
over thin air and that very soon begins to angle downwards such that
the jib sheet has to be cleated by moving right to leeward to force the
sheet into the cleat.
Let me know if more
questions remain. Happy sailing in 2007!!
Uncle Al (W3854)