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Core Sound 17 Mkiii hull 6: Avocet

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Thank you.  Yes i will post photos.  Need to find them.  Yes the new sprit will be a wishbone.  I thought I had  posted a pdf.  I did but it is in the text for some reason.  

 

Will fix that.  I will be back.. 

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Reef lines: The purpose was to reduce the effort required to reef. This is my mizzen sprit. The reef lines are on one side of the sail.  They attach to the reef point with a ball with a figure eight knot. Also I used a block on sprit to lead lines to the cleats.   Not a big change from original set up.  It is better not perfect, at least for me.  

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So normally the line goes through the reefing grommet and to the other side of the boom. Is the advantage here is that the friction of the line is reduced by the pulleys?

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It's usual to have the mini block hanging aft, off the leach, usually by a loop or gasket of line, then to dangle down one side. I'd imaging this will work as well, if a little more wear and tear. The trick to this setup is the location of the turning block and eye strap on the boom. I like them a little aft of their location on the sail so they pull aft a bit, when hauled down.

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3 hours ago, PAR said:

I like them a little aft of their location on the sail so they pull aft a bit, when hauled down.

With the sprits, the snotter should force the new foot of the sail tight more or less regardless of where the block on the sprit is located in relation to the cringle, as long as your snotter is adjustable and tightened when you reef.

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Thank you for the comments. Yes the idea was to reduce friction. Since the sails stays on one side of the sprit it is possible to have the reef lines on one side and not through the grommet.  I attached my reef blocks on the sprit in according to B&B drawings.    I co-opted this set up from my 

Wayfarer.    We use similar kind of set up on the boom when we use it with reef-able  main.  I think it is an improvement, but there are always better ideas. 

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How are you planning on making the wishbone sprits?  Bent laminations (clamping the laminations together utilizing a curved form)?

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Good question. I plan to cut a form from OSB .  I will lay out the curve.  At intervals I will use a hole saw and cut hole just below the outline of the curve.  I will laminate the beams. I will use the holes so I cam clamp the layers to the curve. There will be three layers of white wood from Lowes with layers of glass in between and on the outside.  That will be the hard part. I will then cut front head and the tail.   Epoxy and glass them together.  I have never done this before so all of this is an experiment. Let's hope for the best.

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Reefing and Snakes

 

We went for a short weekend cruise to Swan island.  The track is below. 

 

Very pleasant with a single surprise.  We were getting ready to go on Sunday morning. Michele was raising the mizzen when I noticed a 3 foot snake tangled in the reef we had left in the sail.  He was kind of stuck and not happy.  We were anchored so no place to go.  I got the paddle and  helped him out .  He grabbed the handle.  I got him off the handle, then to the back of the boat.  After attacking paddle a couple of times. He left. 

 

He did not look poisonous.    Still, a 17 foot boat seems small with a snake on board. 

 

Anyone else have a similar experience?  Any thoughts on prevention?  Also I had spent the night in the cockpit so he could have just as well curled up with me.         

 

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Don, 

  Afterwards I thought about a gun and dismissed the idea quickly, for the same reason.   I wish there was " Snake B Gone" . 

 

Regards 

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