I broke down and shelled out $21 for a Ronstan D-Splicer. What an awesome tool! So, I sort of went nuts with it, and changed my snotter setup. I also changed parts of my mizzen sheet system. Let me preface this post with my rigging philosophy. Local Honey wants to be rigged quickly. When I get to the launch site, I want to go sailing, not fiddle with stuff in the parking lot. The rig needs to be simple, but effective. This is why I don’t have reef points in my sail, but furl them on the masts. It is fast and easy. Also, I want the boat to be clean. No (almost no) hardware left on the boat when I’m not sailing. She is also a fishing boat. That in mind, here’s what I did.
Did I tell you that I love Ronstan’s Shock Blocks? They are slick— literally! They work especially well with slippery Amsteel. I am also fond if lashing blocks.
MAIN SHEET ATTACHMENT
For the past four years, I have attached the mainsheet blocks to the transom with a ball system Iearned from my Wayfarer days. But then, I saw this slick new system on a website named geaufast.com. I couldn’t afford their dog bones ($18 each!), so I made my own with aluminum rod and shrink tubing. It’s a cleaner look, and now Local Honey has no balls! (I didn’t change the starboard side, so you could compare the old to the new.)