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    Default Running the staboard jib sheet to the helm winch?

    I have a Privilege 435. My jib sheets run to their respective winches on the port and starboard side. Therefore, tacking requires two persons; one to release and one to wind in the other side. It therefore seems that to have the starboard sheet run from the jib sheet track across the cabin-top to the port side would make life a lot easier. The previous owner(s) haven't set up the lines this way so I was wondering if I am missing something here? Do other 435/445 owners have this set-up?

    I'd appreciate any photos or input as to pro's and con's.

    David.
    Last edited by Aurora; 26th October 2015 at 05:38 PM.

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    Default Re: Running the staboard jib sheet to the helm winch?

    Try it and see. You might establish a new trend!

    Mike
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    Default Re: Running the staboard jib sheet to the helm winch?

    The best way is to organise your route so you are always going downwind.

    I very rarely tacked in the last five years of ownership but, on the rare occasions I did and was single handed, I just used auto-tack on the Raymarine. Pressed auto tack, opened jammer, wound all but one turn off the winch and then walked across to the other winch, still holding the sheet with one turn on the winch. Kept tension on the sheet until the genoa backed and then pressed the button to wind in the sheet on the new tack.

    Not very quick but then I was never tacking up a channel or anything like that. I'd just stick the engines on if I was going to have to do more than one tack a day

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    Default Re: Running the staboard jib sheet to the helm winch?

    I'm thinking about doing the same thing. I had a smaller boat previously, and I find myself not doing nearly as much actual sailing now. It's a little cramped in the New York bays. That and we often have 8+ people in the cockpit area when we take her out on the weekend. There's plenty of room, but everyone likes to sit/lay right near that starboard winch, making tacking a process of "excuse me!"s

    I think that if I find a way to run my main halyard and starboard jib sheet to the helm station, I'm going be doing a lot more actual sailing this year.

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    Default Re: Running the staboard jib sheet to the helm winch?

    The only downside that I can think of is that you will not be able to see the leach on the genoa on a port tack so fine-tuning the sail shape will take a bit of back and forth.

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    Default Re: Running the staboard jib sheet to the helm winch?

    Hi all,
    here are some pictures of the jib running rigging on our 435.
    All jib and main sail lines run to the helm, very handy
    and easy to operate.
    I actually thought all 435 are laid out that way.
    Guess that what "Easy Cruise" version stands for which I note on our spec sheet.
    BTW. We use an electric jib furler, very handy and an in-boom main sail.
    All works quite well,
    Best
    Werner
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    (presently in Apataki, Fr. Polynesia)
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    Default Re: Running the staboard jib sheet to the helm winch?

    Thanks Werner, that's exactly what I was looking for. Does your reefing line go up and down from the boom to both reefing points at the tack and clew?

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    Default Re: Running the staboard jib sheet to the helm winch?

    Hi Aurora,
    glad to hear the info is of use to you,
    our main sail rolls up on the boom,
    at the clew end of the boom is a furler drum which rolls up the furling line
    when the sail gets hoisted. To reduce the sail the reefing line is brought in,
    just like on a jib furler. There are no reefing points, just like on the jib,
    there are quite a few pics on google, a picture is a thousand words...
    Rgds

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