Hey folks, I need to figure out a better way to furl my sail when under the strain of a full 150 Genoa. My arrangement is typical for the MkII I think: Shaefer furling system, that leads back through stantion-mounted furling blocks along the port side. The last of these blocks is the stantion just fwd of the port side winch. I want to make it easy to haul in the headsail under any kind of sail pressure. I was wondering if anyone has ever used a ratchet block for the last block. And if so, where/how is it affixed. The hope would be that I could reef in the head sail if conditions worsened. Passing through a ratchet block would allow me to pull the control line through, release and reset my grip. This would be much safer than what I have to do now, come off the wind, easing sail pressure, un-cleet the line, furl to desired reef and reset the line to the cleet. I have a great autopilot, so that helps when I'm single-handed, but wondering if there is a better, safer way of arranging this. Replace the last stantion block with a ratchet block? Curious your thoughts.
1999, #1796, C36, MkII, Tall rig, wing keel, in-mast furling
Jackfish Girl, 1999, C36 MKII, Tall Rig, Wing Keel, In-mast furling, Monument Beach, Bourne, MA