Hi I'm after some advice please for my 1982 Rowsel NSM1.
1/ I would like a new tiller extension are they a standard length? or does it depend on whether I spend a lot of time hiking? Most of my sailing at the moment is on the Thames but I would like the flexibility of whatever I could need later? Do people have a long one and a short one or should I consider telescopic (I guess like most telescopic items they are prone to slipping).
2/ I need a new swivel Jammer, considering a Ronstan RF7 but it seems rather big compared to the RWO that's currently fitted, which spends all its time tangling the main-sheet. Any advice welcome please.
3/ Need new Jib sheets, mine are worn and seem too short as spend whole time yanking the offload side across. Mine are currently set up as continuous loop across boat, is this the preferred setup? seems to work OK. Advice on recommended length, make and supplier welcome.
My NSM, the original Rowsell build, came with a 4 ft tiller and similar length extension and seems to work OK whether that was the case in 1978 is another matter. If you feel you need to poke the crew in the eye from time to time by all means get a longer one.
The mainsheet jamming swivel is an old but serviceable Holt fitting that feeds the sheet out to me at the right angle - not too far to pull down to jam and not too far to pull up to release. If it won't jam easily life is just hard work, if it won't release easily you get wet more often than you should!
The modern trend with jib sheets is to have a continuous tapered set at £25 or so from someone like P&B. I have 8mm softish ones that are about 14 ft long per side, not continuous, and obtained for £2 from the rope oddments box at one of the local chandlers. They lead from the clew down to the fairlead on the second/third plank join, up past the shroud quadrant where they can jam if you aren't careful, through the deck with a pulley to a cam jammer on the same side, so they have to be at least the width of the boat long plus the extra for the up and down bit. I also have a short piece of fine line at the jib clew to secure them neatly when coiled outside the bag for them to dry out. I also (sacriledge) have a roller furling set up.
Enjoy the boat - they go brilliantly when sailed flat with the transom just clear of the water. They also start to scoop up water at a lesser angle of heel than narrower older boats