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Sail & Rigging - Swan 57 - rigging of try sail
04 February 2021 - 12:06
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Join Date: 20 July 2017
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Swan 57 - rigging of try sail

Dear all

while we hopefully won't ever need it we are currently preparing for the rigging of our try sail on 'Kairos' ... we'll also have the sail itself checked by a sail maker as it is very likely one of the oldest sails we have

Kairos has the separate mast tracks and also a second main halyard which are for use by the try sail.

My question would be as to how to best run the try sail sheets aft - to an additional turning block attached to the top of the genoa blocks, and then forward to a winch?

See photo below - this would appear to be the obvious location to us but there would then be two turning blocks that might interfere with each other since the one you cans. The turning block currently shown in the photos is for the running backstay so would need to be in use in heavy weather and deployed stay sail/storm jibb, too.

Maybe there is a better way/solution to run the try sail sheets? Or maybe use the toe rail instead with a soft shekel?

Thank you very much and all the best,

Stefan

Kairos - 57/043

Genoa blocks with turning block of backstay

05 February 2021 - 08:34
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Join Date: 02 January 2008
Posts: 1500

Dear Stefan

The recommendation is to lead the trysail sheet through the footblock lower sheave to the nearest winch. If the sheet chafes against the footblock top plate put a rag between.
The runner block looks a little small for this purpose. Are there three legs on the bail where the runner block is attached? Only two legs visible
Kind regards 
Lars

05 February 2021 - 10:46
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Join Date: 20 July 2017
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Dear Lars,

thank you very much for your reply and advise - there are indeed three legs on the bail.

We considered of using the lower foot block as this is much stronger indeed but thought the angle of the sheet to the try sail would be to steep for it; a rag would address any shafing on the foot plate assuming it stays in place, I suppose.

Thanks again, greatly appreciated as always!

Best

Stefan

Kairos - 57/043

 

05 February 2021 - 11:15
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Join Date: 02 January 2008
Posts: 1500

Stefan

You could also put chafe sleeves on the sheets. Would be advisable to have dedicated trysail sheets with sleeves installed.
Lars

05 February 2021 - 16:17
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Join Date: 20 July 2017
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Thank you Lars,

good idea!

As mentioned previously, we obviously hope we won't need the try sail but should we do need it after all it's better to have everything ready including sheets etc.

Cheers

Stefan

Kairos - 57/043

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