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by newt2u
Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Mast split
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Mast split

Water freezing or corrosion it's clearly related to the masthead unit. You can see that the taper occurs just below the base of the masthead unit. It is visible in the crack, so clearly implicated in the forces involved.
by newt2u
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: freedom 21 mast exit block
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: freedom 21 mast exit block

Ian, I'm guessing that elongating the hole at the same location for an internal jib halliard would severely weaken the mast. I'm pretty sure the SS fittings on the Spinnaker block are there to reinforce the mast around the cutout. With smaller diameter HMWPE lines you might fit a smaller double bloc...
by newt2u
Sun Oct 10, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: freedom 21 mast exit block
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: freedom 21 mast exit block

Yes that is the spinnaker block and its exactly the same as the one I have. It is an unusual fitting, exit blocks usually have attachments either above and below or to the sides on flanges that sit against the mast but ours is recessed on that pair stainless straps. What exactly is the problem with ...
by newt2u
Fri Oct 08, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: freedom 21 mast exit block
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: freedom 21 mast exit block

That's interesting, my F21 has an external jib block and only the spinnaker and main halliards are internal to the mast. I am not sure what kit was used in your mast but if you measure it up and search any chandlery for exit blocks you can compare sizes. You may need to go to the manufacturers to ge...
by newt2u
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:14 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Soft shackles
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Soft shackles

I find a good sharp knife is the best way to cut dynema. I use an old non stainless chefs knife, which I give a quick hone before working on my splices. One tip that I picked up on a video was to tape up the rope first, I use paper masking tape, and cut through the tape. It holds the fibres in place...
by newt2u
Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:45 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: F21 Blade jib management from the cockpit
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: F21 Blade jib management from the cockpit

Hi Ian, thanks for the links. I did have a look at the Harken blocks but they are so damned expensive over here. List is £55 best offer I found was £45, which in USD is close to twice the price of the one in your link in your link. The Ronstan block I can get £ for $, which is good to know, just a b...
by newt2u
Sun Sep 05, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: General Sailing
Topic: Flying a spinnaker
Replies: 11
Views: 2349

Re: Flying a spinnaker

Another video of Rockin under spinnaker in Milford Haven. I also noted that my last video above was restricted and only allowed Vimeo users to watch. That has been fixed now. Anyway here is the new one:

https://vimeo.com/598396360
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by newt2u
Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: F21 Blade jib management from the cockpit
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: F21 Blade jib management from the cockpit

Yes, I thought that may be an issue but I want it to drop down a bit when I bring the jib down hence the soft shackle. I will keep an eye on it. I have several meters of Dyneema left over so no problem in making up another one if it does wear. For anyone interested I found this video very useful in ...
by newt2u
Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: F21 Blade jib management from the cockpit
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: F21 Blade jib management from the cockpit

Dyneema and double block arrived today and I made my first two soft shackles. I was surprised at how easy it was. I made one regular size to attach both uphaul and downhaul to the sail and one longer one to attach with a cow hitch either side of the sail on the pullpit. F2CE2DF5-E9A3-43DE-AF19-C76AD...
by newt2u
Wed Sep 01, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: F21 Blade jib management from the cockpit
Replies: 5
Views: 257

F21 Blade jib management from the cockpit

I currently have a blade jib which is raised and lowered by someone going forward. It uses a dyneema line on a single block at the mast and the jib is hanked onto the downhaul as it is raised. It can be lowered and manages itself quite well on deck but I still need to go forward to lower it. Today a...