Spinnaker halyard masthead rigging/hardware

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  1. a person

    a person New Member

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    I am adding an asymmetrical spinnaker to Rhythms sail inventory. The Boat was not originally rigged for a chute.

    I am trying to find documentation/pictures of how the masthead would have been rigged if set up with the spinnaker option.

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  2. struell

    struell Stephen Ruell

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    Dear a person:
    The 384 masthead may be different from our 382 but here is a photo of ours. The spinnaker halyard is led internally up to the port side "horn" on the top of the mast. See photo where the red tag is tied to the spinnaker halyard fitting. There is a U-bolt through the horn and a block. I don't know the technical term but the horn positions the halyard forward of the fore stay.
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    At the bow there was nothing to attach the sail to except the bow pulpit. We received the asymmetrical spinnaker with the boat but it doesn't appear that it was ever really rigged well. It had the halyard, a chute scoop and a bead loop. I thought it was easy to tangle up and wrap the jib so we didn't use it much. This year we added a Selden GX-15 top down furler. The homemade bowsprit seems to get it well out in front of the jib so that you can tack it through the slot though I am not very good at that. The furler seems to work pretty well, makes the sail a lot easier to use. One person can handle it. I can raise the rolled up sail right out of the bag while still in the harbor and sail all day or weekend with it still rigged, unrolling it as needed. I put it down by lowering it into a coil on deck in a bag, then zip the bag and drop it through the fore hatch onto the V-berth. I'm still learning how to use it and need some more cleats in the cockpit and other adjustments. A spinnaker pole is also on the list.
     
  3. dave_a

    dave_a Dave Ahlers

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    That's an impressive set up Steve, I'll bet it works well.
    I did a McGiver/Goldberg arrangement, more an experiment than elegant solution. I took a heavy boom bail, drilled 2 holes in the flaired cheeks of the anchor roller. Put a swiveling block on the bail, bolted (1/4x20) the bail & turning block to the anchor roller. Its 1/4" stainless, well secured to the hull, no worries there. Ran the tack line of the asym through to the starboard bow cleat. Same halyard set up as you. Had a Doyle asym & snuffer. Obviously I didn't leave the sail deployed or adjust the tack in any big wind.
     
  4. a person

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    Thanks Steve. Nice setup! I love the custom bowsprit. I am still trying to figure out the tack. Going to start with an ATN tacker.

    Dave, do you have pictures of the "McGyver Mod"?

    It appears the 382 and 384 mastheads are different. I ended up using some 3/8 stainless u-bolts I had on hand. I would have liked to have mounted them more forward but I will take what I can get.

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    Thanks again
    Shane
     
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  5. dave_a

    dave_a Dave Ahlers

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    Shane - I couldn't find a suitable picture. IF your bow pulpit doesn't extend too far forward, and your bow light isn't hanging out ahead of the pulpit - it might work. On a tight reach the tack line will heading to leeward or 90 deg. to direction of travel. That's when you'll contact a bowlight or get into the pulpit. With the wind behind you it will work.
    Ideally, you want the tack further forward (like Steve's) and maybe on a two part ratchet cleat so you can adjust tension based on wind direction and strength. But if you're not that serious....hang a block on the bail. Here's kind of what mine looked like.

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