Free Floating Genoa Barbers….!!

Back in my Dragon days, the massive genoa aboard was controlled via a floating jib fairlead and not via a track.  I’ve often wondered how this might work on a fifteen.  Here are some notes from David Williamson, on how he has gone about it….

Jib Sheeting DetailIn the Jib Sheeting detail pic.
Jib Sheet MarkingsSpectra slip-loop to attach tapered jib sheet.
Graduation reference marks on splash board as a visual jib sheeting reference.
Shroud adjuster (cut down as I saw in a pic of Vials/Turner boat in Hong Kong)
-Couldn’t help myself, these are also bolted on permanently and are part of the hull weight.


Matt Alvarado on Jib Ratchets……

Having any type or size of ratchet on the Jib sheet, in my opinion, is absolutely essential for any size, shape or strength of crew. My main reason for having ratchets on the jib sheet is so i can ease the jib a bees wotsit in a lull, or when we need to grunt up the jib for a bit of choppy water… (they are also good for windy two sail reaches when i can’t see anything) Without the ratchet, its hard to control the amount you ease, inevitably you let too much out then re trim. There are others pros as well for ratchets, can’t see many cons apart from the extra ££. For what its worth, we use 40mm switchable ratchet blocks from harken, and we use a 6mm calibrated/marked sheet. Even with 6mm sheets, it does help light wind tacks if you can turn the ratchets off.


Underdeck Furler Spyshot….!!

Underdeck furler


You can probably see that Graham and Chris new boat has, like the last one, got an underdeck furler fitted. I’d swear the last one we saw used a wire strop to the tack, but this new one seems to use a tube to connect to the genoa.  It would be interesting to see if it emerges through the deck with some kind of bearing.  That’s what we had on my Dragon and on the last Flying Dutchman I raced.

Twin Genoa Cars…….

You probably remember when we had the vogue for twin genoa tracks on each side tank – it was/is prevalent for Ovington Mk IX’s.

The idea was pretty simple – use the inside track on flat water and light breezes and the outside track to open the slot when it blows a bit. We used ours a lot and were very happy with it, I must say.

Then along came adjustable jib cars and we went back to single tracks again. So if the double track system was so good, what are us mortals to make of this?

The most recent new addition to our fleet, in the hands of Andy Clark, is 3911. Take a look at this. Of course, this boat has history. I believe it was the boat that narrowly missed the worlds by one point or something like that in the hands of Barry Parkin – and then subsequently became the steed of Russell Peters.  One of them obviously is a twin track fan!!  (Double click to enlarge the photo)

FF Genoa Cars – A Different Way to Set them…

Do you have a Goacher Genoa??  A number of us at Datchet do, and we’ve become surprised in recent times how far back you have to set the jib cars for them.

You know the general theory, I’m sure. You sail upwind and when you luff, the tell tales are all meant to curl together if the cars are in the right place. Well…??!!  How precise is that??!!

The VC came across another method for setting the jib cars for a Goacher G1A genoa. I assume it comes straight from the computer modelling program. The strange thing is that when I challenged Steve on this recently, it seemed like he had moved on.  Anyway – we tried the VC Method, and it seemed to help us quite a lot.

Look at this diagram .

Lay the genoa flat on the ground and mark two dots on the luff. One at 1.05m above the tack, and another 10inches above that. (The VC is of an age where you learned both metric and imperial at school… I get the same problem…)

Now pencil yourself some lines at the clew that join the dots and the centre of the clew. Imagine a line drawn further back into the boat in each case (I use a 3 foot/ 1 metre steel rule for this resting on top of the genoa sheet).

Where the rearmost line crosses the jibcar track is where your normal setting should be. Where the forward line crosses the track is where the lighter wind setting would be.

So this comes with the health warning that Steve Goacher doesn’t do it this way any more – so long as you use pencil that will wash off, give it a try and see what you think…..

Composite Craft – Genoa Tracks….

This is the jib car arrangement on Charles’ smart new Composite Craft boat. Note the pretty thin jib sheets – Howard take note!

In keeping with the boat, it’s all in very smart black carbon, and if memory serves me rightly they have positioned the tracks slightly more toward the stern relative to Charles’ earlier boats.

They get extra points for the very neat way the control line disappears through the sheave and out of the way….

“Come On, Ovington!!”….

P&B Flying Fifteen – genoa turrets…

This is the very neat application by P&B of the genoa sheeting arrangement in a December 2010 boat. It’s very neat and I like the way the turning blocks are getting smaller. They supply somewhat thinner jibsheets to make this work well, and I’ve ordered up a tapered set to try out. They obviously run much easier and we may always use them in the light.