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by newt2u
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:14 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Soft shackles
Replies: 3
Views: 67

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: 186

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: 1702

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: 186

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: 186

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: 186

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...
by newt2u
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Freedom 21 spinnaker sock/tube
Replies: 27
Views: 1771

Re: Freedom 21 spinnaker sock/tube

This thread has been vary useful. I will definitely have to get a new retrieval line. Mine is certainly larger than your 7/64" (3mm) probably 5mm and is relatively stiff, so the bowline I use is clunkey, and I suspect that will solve the issue, thanks. I may also try to reverse my mount next season ...
by newt2u
Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Freedom 21 spinnaker sock/tube
Replies: 27
Views: 1771

Re: Freedom 21 spinnaker sock/tube

In my earlier post My only issue is sometimes on retrieval the halliard knot gets caught on the pullpit and I have to go forward. I think I need a roller or some kind of shute. I should have said the retrieval line not halliard.And I have a question about that. Ian I could not see your line but hkow...
by newt2u
Sat Aug 28, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Freedom 21 spinnaker sock/tube
Replies: 27
Views: 1771

Re: Freedom 21 spinnaker sock/tube

Another light wind spinnaker day yesterday. We had it up for 75% of the sailing. We beat a boat twice our size out to open water from the lock, about 6nm by a considerable amount. I find it works best off the wind by about 20 degrees even if you have to sail a longer course. I managed to raise it on...
by newt2u
Mon Aug 23, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Freedom 21 spinnaker sock/tube
Replies: 27
Views: 1771

Re: Freedom 21 spinnaker sock/tube

Nice one Ian!

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