Mast weirdness

  • June 24, 2015 2:17 PM
    Message # 3403082
    Anonymous

    Guys,

    I bought Little Bear W32 this year. I'm in the process of doing a refit on her and haven't taken her out sailing yet.  However, I have a couple of questions:

    1. There is only one winch on the mast. With a cutter rig, how do you raise 3 sails with only one winch?

    2. The mast is Lefeill (I believe) it has two tracks aft. One obviously for the mainsail, the other, I'm guessing for a trysail?

    The lug gate on the mainsail track is below the boom.  The boom's gooseneck is fitted into the sail track. In order to remove the mainsail the boom has to be lowered past the lug gate and could possibly come out at an inopportune time. 

    Is this a normal configuration?

    As promised, only a couple of questions. I've more to come but thought I'd start small. :)

    Cheers,

    Paul


  • June 24, 2015 3:14 PM
    Reply # 3403105 on 3403082
    Deleted user

    1. There is only one winch on the mast. With a cutter rig, how do you raise 3 sails with only one winch?

    My mast has three winches so no, normally one winch per halyard unless you're just sailing a sloop rig, then two winches. Is there rigging to lead the halyards to the cockpit? Some boats have this instead to make raising and lowering the main easier when not passage-making.

    2. The mast is Lefeill (I believe) it has two tracks aft. One obviously for the mainsail, the other, I'm guessing for a trysail?

    Correct, the starboard offset track is for a trysail.

    The lug gate on the mainsail track is below the boom.  The boom's gooseneck is fitted into the sail track. In order to remove the mainsail the boom has to be lowered past the lug gate and could possibly come out at an inopportune time. 

    Is this a normal configuration?

    Yes you have to lower it to remove it but it should be secured to the mast with two hex bolts above the lug gate at the gooseneck. The nice thing about handling the boom is you can secure it to the gallows so you have a pendulum to assist in removing the boom from the track. Easy peasy.

  • June 24, 2015 7:54 PM
    Reply # 3403314 on 3403082
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Winches on the mast.. I found that with clutches on the mast - that one wench can service multiple halyards... Shown here kind of a mess of lines! but the wench is below the clutches.

    I've also run most of the other sheets and halyards to the cockpit... see below.

     

    HTH

    Jay  

  • June 25, 2015 6:52 AM
    Reply # 3403820 on 3403082

    Hi Jay,

    I've been experimenting with doing the same. Do you have any more photos of the setup especially at the base of the mast?

    Nice work by the way.

    Regards,

    Werner

  • August 03, 2015 4:33 PM
    Reply # 3463394 on 3403082
    Anonymous

    Well I figured out why there's only one winch.

    A P.O. took a winch off and replaced it with a couple of cleats! There's a lot of stuff like that on the boat. I'll have to do some shopping and find some new winches. Yes, wincheS.  There used to be a winch on the coach roof like the one in Jay's picture. It's gone too.

    There must be a story there but I don't know what it is. I'll just put things right and carry on.

    Cheers,

    Paul

  • August 04, 2015 5:50 PM
    Reply # 3464933 on 3403082
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Werner:  Let me take more photo's of the cabin top - hopfully this weekend - it's ever changing.... 

  • August 17, 2015 12:15 PM
    Reply # 3484833 on 3403082
    Anonymous

    @Jay: Are those cabin top pix coming?

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