Deck Layout for Shorthanded Sailing


Desire is a 1980 C&C 32 that is owned by the husband and wife team, Michael Clow & Kathy Pitus. We club race on Anchor Bay (Lake St. Clair) and belong to North Star Sail Club, Albatross Yacht Club & the Doublehanded Sailing Association. The boat is set up for doublehanded spinnaker racing which means there is Harken roller furling unit, lots of mechical advantage, line adjustable jib sheet car leads, hot box control lines are also accessible from the mast and the cabin mounted main sheet can be lead aft for helmswoman access.

Note the red line that runs from beneath the boom to the toe rail (Harken Snatch block attached to toe rail) and then back to the secondary cockpit winch (underneath the jib sheet).  We use this setup on both sides of the boat.  They work well as preventers when we are sailing well off the wind.  They also work well as outboard jib sheets.  And lastly we use them for our asymmetric chute should the wind go aft and light.  We ease the tack line and hook up the pole and bring it back with the red line used as a guy.  For the symmetrical chute we use blocks aft of the secondary winches and run sheet & guy to the secondary winch for a traditional end for end jibe setup.


Here you can see that our outboardsheet/preventer/guy is lead aft and under the jib sheet.  We replaced the OEM track with a Harken track this past winter as we had a soft spot in the deck repaired and one of the two tracks had to be pulled up as part of the soft spot repair.

I would not have replaced the Garhauer adjustable jib cars if I did not have the soft spot.  I would say the Harken system is perhaps 20% better (easier to move).  The only slight negative with Garhauer was that when close to the wind and I wanted to move the lead aft I would release the adjustment line and the lead would not move aft.  If I eased the sheet a bit and then ground back in the lead would slowly move aft.  This was in heavy air.  I might also ad that I have never specifically cleaned the OEM track and Garhauer blocks.  Perhaps that would have easier the above mentioned problem.

In light to moderate air getting the block to move aft was not a problem. With the current Harken system I just release the adjustment line and the lead moves aft and I do not use the elasticated shock chord on the aft end of the jib sheet car block.




The end of the jib car adjustment line goes trough a cam cleat and a half turn can be put on the primary winch and the car can be adjusted forward.  If there is a huge load I can take the line to the aft (secondary)
winch and actually put a wrap or two on that winch.  Usually the half turn gives a better mechanical angle to pull the lead forward.  Note that the half turn is the wrong way on the winch (still improves the angle and makes it an easier pull) and that the jib sheet is cleated
on that same winch.  Also note that the cam cleat rotates up & down so one has a fair lead to either winch. 




We also replaced the OEM mainsheet arrangement with 6:1 blocks which allows access to the mainsheet from the helm and greater responsivenss with the main sheet when jibing. In fall 2012 we added a fine tuning arrangement and additional purchase. This arrangement can be viewed here.


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