I can't find any pictures of the material sock for the musketeer system. Does that mean you don't really need it? Anyone got and photos? Spratt
Did you try a dyneema bridal in the pole for the block to run up and down? And taking that out I presume the launch rope just goes straight through onto the clew? I had seen a few with the secondary bungee but was sure if it was needed. Currently it looks like the pole comes back pretty quickly....
Yep - it didn't twist every race- but frequently enough that I ditched it. The pole launch ropes are not connected to the clew, so that bit of it works just like the standard Merlin system. The launcher ropes run through hi-load Ronstan blocks with a swivel on the mast and then down to Harken hi-load through deck blocks just forward of the cross deck foam beam (I reinforced the foredeck here). The ropes then run down to spinlock cleats at the forward end of the centreboard case top. The pole can be launched by either helm or crew without moving from the side deck. Similarly the spinnaker halliard cleat is a spinlock on the mast with a block underneath, which also allows the crew to launch the spinnaker without getting off the side deck (really useful on a tightish reach as we are only 19-20 stone wringing wet). Once I sorted out the wrinkles it was very reliable.
Jon Turner uses a 6mm carbon tube inside the pole so there isn't enough space for the 1:2 block to twist. Job done.