If you use a fly-away pole, and like me you suffer jamming piston ends on the pole, then you may be interested to see this idea from Graham Brown….
End fitting (outboard / sheet end)
Most FF sailors know how these self launch / retrieve systems work but if not I can detail later.
Here are a couple of ideas I have tried and they work well are easy to make and have no moving parts.
In this photo we have shaped a Reverse hook arrangement with a slot down the middle that is slightly narrower than the spinnaker sheet (in this case a 4.8mm slot for a 5mm sheet).
Perpendicular to the “insertion slot” is a 12-15mm Sheet slot which the spinnaker sheet runs through.
This system works by inserting the spinnaker sheet (or Brace) into the slot and a simple twist then stops the sheet from falling out. I have used Black PTFE so the sheets have minimal friction when sliding through the fitting.
When Gybing , the pole is released back on to the boom then a quick twist and the sheet is ejected and ready to put onto the other sheet (With a reverse operation)
The fitting is the same Outside diameter at the pole but 40 mm if its length has be lathed down to the ID of the Spinnaker pole, inserted, and held in place by a small screw.
This was Mk 1 developed for a Sailing Dory I have. MK2 was sold with my last boat.
This came in from Keith Jamieson, Secretary of BIFFA on our new favourite subject ….
“If the guy/brace is cleated both at the shrouds and at the side tank, the crew places a hand on the standing part of the rope running along the side deck and pushing it outboard makes the job easier…
You effectively create a two to one doing this, even small crews can do it.
Not my idea but from mr Apthorp via the President I believe….”
A few days ago, we published an item about a nifty gadget/idea on a new P&B boat for hauling the pole off the forestay in a breeze. We had a comment come into the blog from a lady FF sailor in Australia, who just happens to be a God-Level sailor in her own right (!) – and whose UK boat still sails at our Club (Hakuna Matata). Anyway – this is the technique that they use for dragging the pole back…
“Alternatively, and much cheaper…… Because the guy will already be cleated on the jammer by the side stays , all the skipper needs to do is reach down the side tank and pull the guy (brace if you are Aussie!) upwards. The pull is 90 degrees to the direction the rope runs in, so even in a big sea breeze on a tight reach it’s very easy to pull on the required few inches……. And so much cheaper!!…”
I guess that the point is to cleat it at the side-tank AND the shroud so it’s cleated at both extremes, then Brace/Yank the guy….. So that’s telling you !!….Great !!
We have a boat which is great for mixed gender crews, and we have some terrific teams at Datchet. A lady though occasionally will find a couple of tasks quite tough, and you need to set the boat up for them accordingly. Popular in our club is a fly-away pole system for example.
Another tough job though, for men and women, is hauling the spinnaker pole off the forestay in a breeze. It can frankly be a pig of a job and very distracting. This photo is froma very recent P&B boat which attempts to deliver the solution – very clever….
The spinnaker sheet takeoff (ratchet blocks here) is mounted on a track running parallel to the genoa track. The bow is to the left of this photo. You will see a double purchase grey line running forward. This emerges on the console and from there the helm or crew can give them line a whack and pull that ratchet block forward – this will cause the guy to shorten and the pole to come off the forestay.
I’d love to have a go and see how it works in practice….