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Mainsheet turning block

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John m. Harrison
I was out for a sail on Tampa Bay this past Thursday and it seemed the mainsheet was very difficult to bring in or let out, like it had a jam somewhere.... but the blocks all looked clear. Turns out that the pulley wheel in the turning block on the deck has portions of it that are broken out.... so now I need to buy a new one and replace the broken one.

Which leads me to my question: I have never taken down my headliner.... is there a trick to doing that some a.) the headliner on the other side doesn't fall and b.) take the intended one down without breaking it? I think they are made of some type of particle board that the foam/vinyl is glued to?

Also, any tips/tricks on getting old one out, getting new one in (I'm a 383)....
 
John,
I haven't had the had the headliner down in the Salon, but have in the forepeak. The backer is a Masonite type product on Sonata also a 383. It seemed pretty resilient, but I was also careful. The only issue I had was reinstalling and getting things lined up again all around. You may not need to drop it entirely. I am curious too about dropping it in the salon as I need to re-bed some fittings and add some too.
Mitchell
 

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John m. Harrison
I'm contemplating using this repair to add a turning block for both mainsheet as well as lead lines aft to cockpit, which I've long wanted to do. I've got a brand new Lewmar 16 winch that although large for the starboard side of the companionway, I think might be the right strength/leverage to be able to do all the jobs I want done there.... I think my problem might be, getting all of it thru the traveller, which has an opening below the track on the outboard bracing that sheets and halyards could go thru, but I'm not sure if it's wide enough. I'd be curious to see the setup anyone else might have?
 

dave_a

Dave Ahlers
John - it's pretty simple job...for a boat. I have a suggestion for you - talk to Garhauer about replacement oversize turning blocks. One of my best upgrades I did was to toss out the old nico fico traveler and put a new Garhauer traveler on the bridge mount. (They even bent their traveler to fit), Guido at Garhauer suggested going with oversize blocks and increasing the leverage. Incredible difference. I used to have to release the mainsheet to adjust the traveler up or down. Bigger blocks made trimming the main a pleasure. The two together really made the boat, from a sail trim POV.

Anyway - the headliner: unscrew the transverse wood batans, which will reveal more screws to take out around the edges. Piece of cake. It will even go back up easily once you get the screw holes lined up.
 

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+ 1 on Garhauer equipment. I haven't bought much from them but it is high quality. The only issue I had, it wasn't shipped right away. I called and they were making the Jib leads! This was a "catalog" order that they made TO ORDER. I think most their hardware is made in the USA. Everything I have seen of theirs is nice.
Mitchell
 

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John m. Harrison
Thanks Dave and Mitch! I have replaced the blocks/camcleats on each end of my traveller with Garhauer and bought 2 jib sheet blocks at the St. Pete boat show from their booth a few years ago.... all good stuff... oh yea, I also have a rigid boom vang of theirs and I like it as well... so I've already got some Garhauer going on the boat! Glad to hear that it is not an impossible job....
 
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