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March 26, 2007


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Also give your downhaul and outhaul lines a coating of wax (just carry an old candle in your toolbox) every fifth or sixth rigging - prolongs life and reduces friction. As for your suggestion to reuse downhaul line for outhaul - works fine if you're running fixed outhaul, but then you're really robbing yourself of some serious range. Even on 5.0 and smaller, adjustable outhauls make a huge difference - don't knock it before you try it (use a webbing/buckle based system like the Sailworks outhaul to keep it simple and light - noone wants to futz with cam cleats on their booms for small sails).

I like the candle suggestion (recycling anything in a meaningful way is great!) I had a full-on adjustable outhaul back when my big sail was an 8.8 (complete with clam cleats). I'll give a simpler version some thought.

I foresee a candlelight dinner...

Hey Puffy just browsing thru some of your older posts and this is a really useful one. Think I will put the link on my blog.

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