Problems encountered when raising the Main Sail on the 17/3
Main raised through new mast feeder and luff groove could not get the bottom part of bolt rope through and in to luff groove
We untied the clew outhaul and unclipped the tack to allow the foot of the main to slide along the boom so that the sail can be lifted for the bolt rope to slide down the luff groove.
This would indicate that the entry feeder is too high in the luff groove
We tried many ways to resolve this but could not find an alternative
We took the feeder out and tried again but came to the same result
We then decided to extend the opening as you can SEE from the photo we still have to remove the tack pin at the gooseneck so that the bolt rope can be lifted and then located, down the luff groove
Is there a problem with the mast design in that the feeder location is too high in the luff grove?
Looking at the Selden web site on the sail entry pages they all show the entry much lower than 400mm in the luff groove. Why?
SEE photo of the mast with tape
Taking into account all that I found should the feeder be about 200mm from the gooseneck?
As you can see that the bolt rope is not properly protected now at the bottom of the cut in the luff groove can you supply me the metal feeder so I can put this at the bottom of the cut out?
The only other solution is hoist the main all the way, then push up the rest of the bolt rope in to the luff groove so that they can travel down the mast. And then feed the foot of the main into the boom groove which is stupid.
Please find attached Photos
Your help in this resolving this design problem would be appreciated
Sidney Ashford. Tuartan 50 Robertson way. Callander Stirling FK178JF
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