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S&S Swan General - Reconfiguration of the decks
26 May 2013 - 15:14
Join Date: 16 February 2007
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Hi David,

Thanks a lot. What is a tie rod?

Cheers// Philippe
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26 May 2013 - 18:11
Join Date: 02 January 2008
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Dear Philippe
I try to explain a little more.
With a Lewmar 65 winch in second gear and 4 parts on the main sheet the tension in the sheet tackle would in principle be 65 x 4 = 260 times the input load on the winch handle.
This is the power ratio mentioned, and it is some 5 times higher than for the genoa sheet winch, which is smaller and does not have a tackle.
With such a high power ratio you need very little load on the main sheet handle, but there is no free lunch, sheeting will also be very slow. Using first gear will increase the speed, and the load in the handle.
The additional photos show that you actually put 2 blocks on the main sheet car although there are 3 toggles, and this reduces the main sheet tackle to 2 parts, and halves the power ratio. This means you already did the modification I had in mind.
Best regards

26 May 2013 - 19:40
Join Date: 16 February 2007
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Thanks a lot Lars,
I understand now, thank you. It is a coincidence that I have already reduced the load. The reason for me putting two blocks on the main track instead of three, as there is room for, is because there is only one block on the boom.

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28 May 2013 - 07:36
Join Date: 25 July 2012
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Hi Philippe,

A tie rod ties the deck to (usually) the keel.

With your new halyard arrangement you will be pulling upwards on the deck where the halyards pass through the mast-base blocks.  The tie rod provides the necessary support.

David 43/12

29 May 2013 - 02:42
Join Date: 16 February 2007
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Hello David,
Indeed I have a tie rod,
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29 May 2013 - 23:42
Join Date: 02 February 2007
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Phillippe she looks very beautiful and also easy to sail shorthanded. I hope that you still have some strength of sailing on an old fashioned boat in Elba! Best wishes, Gavin

30 May 2013 - 05:54
Join Date: 16 February 2007
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Thank you Gavin;

Plenty of energy, I assure you. We are looking froward to see and sail on TIGRIS.
Greeting from Asia where I am for the moment in an a conference.

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