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Tricing the mainsail
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:10:40 PM »
Martin_cartwright
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Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 08:27 am:      
Has anyone tried tricing the mainsail?
Looking at the Thames sailing barges on the Orwell moored up with their gaff's and mainsails still up, it seemed to me that a useful way of 'scandalising' the mainsail would be to fit a tricing line from a cringle in the tack to a block under the gaff.

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Re: Tricing the mainsail
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2014, 02:10:56 PM »
Martin_cartwright
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 08:31 am:      
It doesn't work.
First sail of the season yesterday and I tried this. The line from the block gets fouled up with the gaff and the reefing lines prevent the sail from folding up completely against the mast.A complete disaster. Much easier to simply lower the gaff!

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Re: Tricing the mainsail
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 02:11:11 PM »

Julian Swindell
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 09:49 am:      
Isn't it amazing how many things we dream up while lying in the bath seem so obvious, and then prove a disaster when we actually try it. I built a Chinese yuloh (single sculling oar) for my boat which worked perfectly on land... Within 10 seconds of trying it on the boat I found it was far too small, couldn't swing enough, wouldn't stay on the pin and generally failed in every respect. I'm back to a long paddle which I reckon gives me about 0.2kts.
I had often thought of mainsail tricing. Thanks for trying it out!grin

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Re: Tricing the mainsail
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 02:11:43 PM »
Julian Swindell
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Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 09:49 am:      
Isn't it amazing how many things we dream up while lying in the bath seem so obvious, and then prove a disaster when we actually try it. I built a Chinese yuloh (single sculling oar) for my boat which worked perfectly on land... Within 10 seconds of trying it on the boat I found it was far too small, couldn't swing enough, wouldn't stay on the pin and generally failed in every respect. I'm back to a long paddle which I reckon gives me about 0.2kts.
I had often thought of mainsail tricing. Thanks for trying it out!