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 Post subject: Jib blocks
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:06 pm 
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I'm converting my HC17 from 1988 to HC17 sport.
Just picked up a bow spreader pole and the boat (for unclear reasons) had furling system + very old jib.
So..., things are falling apart.
BUT, now i come to think about how to sheet the jib. I see there are different ways of solving this matter.
Fixed blocks with cleats on the front beam, put a block with cleat half way on the hull/hulls, 'floating traveler tracks' on front beam (like HC16) etc..
I know the jib isn't passing the front beam - so no reacher.
Can choice of system effect upwind performance etc...

Pros and cons please. And lots of pictures is possible... :) :) :)

/Mats

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 Post subject: Re: Jib blocks
PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:00 am 
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I think if you are using the stock Hobie jib, you will need to sheet to the front crossbar. If you tried to mount the blocks to the hull (like a Hobie 18), they would be too far back and you would never get enough leech tension. So yes, block position will definitely effect upwind performance.

Hobie intended for the system to be as simple as possible, so they just went wih a fixed block position. If you want the ability to fine tune the sheeting angle for different points of sail then you could install the blocks on traveler tracks like the Hobie 16, but you will also be adding some complexity to the system in doing so.

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