Helm & Crew
Expensive Frederiksen jib tracks are mounted on the inner
side decks, adjusted by control lines (3mm purple Spectra) that are led around
the front of the mast to cleats on the opposite side. Yellow 5mm shockcord led
beneath the side decks pull the jib cars in the opposite direction.
In retrospect, we mounted the jib tracks slightly too low
on the side decks, but rather than move them we have tended to keep the cars
further back on the tracks, and use slightly less sheet tension to compensate.
The jib sheet turning blocks and cleats are mounted on
custom-made alloy platforms opposite the console, with teak 'wedges' providing
the right angle for the sheets to be cleated and uncleated easily in strong
The loads imposed by the jib sheets tended to distort the
side decks slightly, especially in strong winds; eventually (two years after
the original fitting out) we got around to epoxying a wooden strut underneath
each deck, from the back of the track to the gunwhale. At the same time some of
the original foam stringers under the flat surface of the side decks were
replaced by lightweight wooden struts. Although this added a little bit of
weight, the combined effect was to completely eliminate the flexing (and
cracking of paint) that had been taking place, and make the boat much nicer to
Starboard jib track and cleat with
light wind jib sheets in place (blue rope). Port car adjuster visible top
Twinning line and spinnaker cleats also visible.