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JFJ
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Spreaders....

Postby JFJ » Thu August 27th, 2020, 9:45 am

Hi guys

OK I have Golden Hind 26 (very similar to an Eventide).

This year I started using some of the other sails that came with the boat. There are 2 Genoas (instead of the Yankee). One is about 110%, and one Monster of about 130.... I have to take Genoa in a bit to tack round the baby stay - but thats fine.

All were Arun sails. The large Genoa is completely fresh - I dont think it was used before, the previous owners used the Yankees most of the time.
I do seem to have an issue. The spreaders on this golden hind are wider than the width of the boat - by about 2-3 inches.

This causes 3 issues.
1 I ripped off the spreaders of a Kings class 28 foot which was rafted against me on a dock. The Kings class pulled away - and 'twang' - the spreaders got caught and snapped his under power. Mine were fine.

2 I had a sleepless night against a harbour wall on a falling tide as I was afraid that the spreader would hit it when the tide fell. it didnt, but had a fining boat gone past, it would have been very close (I doubled the fenders to 'punt' me out a bit...

3 The 130 (and to a lesser extent the 110, but its there) cant be sheeted in without the central shroud touching, which obviously means poor pointing.

There are extra shrouds on a GH - 2 aft, 2 forward and 3 side shrouds each. port and stbd doubles reach to the base of the shrouds.

Is this a tension issue (IE not enough) - or is it safe to take a couple of inches out of the spreaders this winter?

Regards
JFJ

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