Topic : Mainsheet hoop track

He all (again)

Sorry, nothing to do but bimble

Making a mainsheet loop with a track. 

Question is, why are tracks mounted on the forward face and not the top. Surely the majority of the load is vertical. 

Posted: 15/04/2020 13:22:17
Yes, when you are close hauled.  But think about where the mainsheet leads on a reach and run and you can see that the blocks need to be forward of the hoop.  Always catches me out when I'm rethreading the mainsheet as it's not at all obvious which way it goes through all the blocks, which I think on Heaven Sent is from becket on block on the top of the hoop to aft of rear block on boom, forward through block on hoop, forward through next block on boom and backwards through the block on the front face of the hoop to the jammer block.  I sometimes take out one of the purchases in light winds.

Posted: 15/04/2020 14:20:04
By: Andrew Mills
Some suppliers have engineered a top mounted track recently.
The front face is much easier to do, and with the loads nowhere near the design limit of the car it doesn't cause any problems. 

Posted: 15/04/2020 16:36:59
By: Chris Martin
Actually when I think about it properly (the boat is at Hampton and I can't find a reason under the regulations for going there and bimbling!) the mainsheet goes from front to back of the boom through the aft block, then back to front through the forward block, and that is probably what catches me out.

Posted: 15/04/2020 21:32:37
By: Andrew Mills
When it’s on top it snags on the mainsheet much more when you tack and gibe

Posted: 17/04/2020 00:25:11
By: Gareth Griffiths
No problems when I had a Steve Harling cleatless top mounted version on Pocket Rocket. Worked a treat. 

Posted: 17/04/2020 22:34:58
By: James Wells
I’ve got a Harken car and track available if you want?

Posted: 23/05/2020 21:15:49
By: Gareth Griffiths NHRC


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