Voy­ag­ing Tricks

SAIL - - Cruising Under Sail -

It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to walk around the docks at Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina in St Lu­cia af­ter the fin­ish of the At­lantic Rally for Cruis­ers; you get to scope out in­ter­est­ing de­tails on the boats. Here are just a few from the 2017 ARC.

Rather than rig gybe pre­ven­ters for the long down­wind run in the trades, and risk hav­ing the main pinned aback should the boat gybe, many sailors opted in­stead to in­stall boom brakes, like this Walder unit (left); one boat had rigged this “fuse” from...

Lines tend to get caught around radomes in­stalled on the mast, and sails also chafe against them, so sev­eral own­ers chose to mount theirs to one side of the mast or even on a spreader

Chafe is al­ways a prob­lem on long of­fwind voy­ages where the main­sail con­tacts the spread­ers; tap­ing foam pipe in­su­la­tion to the sharp trail­ing edges mit­i­gates wear on sail­cloth

Heavy weather stay­sails set fly­ing on Dyneema luff ropes and end­less line furlers are in­creas­ingly com­mon on blue­wa­ter cruis­ing boats

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