Hi - I am considering purchasing a cruising gennaker. For those who use one already (or who use a spinnaker, for that matter) - where do you lead the sheets to in the cockpit? The traditional location for other boat makers seems to be a swivel block as aft as possible, forward of the pushpit. On my LM30 such a location would be quite close to the winch, so it would often mean the winch drum is in the way of the sheet. Do people just lead the sheets directly to the winch? I am leery of this, because if the sheet gets away from you there is no way to recover it other than heading all the way to the bow to manhandle the gennaker.
I am considering a swivel block location a few feet aft of the tail end of the headsail lead track, employing a folding padeye. This is slightly in the way when shimmying up to the bow, but I can't think of a better spot. I can upload a diagram if necessary to further explain. I appreciate any advice!
My LM30 has an attachment low down at deck level at the forward pushpit support. Looks like a small stainless bracket with a hole for a shackle has been welded onto the support and a pulley attached via a shackle. Not used the system as yet as the boat is fairly new to me and other than a short motor to my home berth the weather has kept me tied up. I'm not sure if this is a standard LM fitting or a previous owner has had the mod carried out, either way it looks like a good weld and fitment.
Tried to attach a pic but wouldn't upload due to size.
I use gennaker on my LM28 but I don't have pictures to show you how did I make it. Anyway, I gave to make an extra block holders/adapters (that I can also remove during winter time) that I put on fence on stern just near winch. Then I have blocks on those adapters and sheets go all the way around to bow. I don't know how urgent is that for you, but I will be on the boat in the end of May this year (not at home till then) so if you can wait, let me know and I will send you photos.
Post by Brian & Glenda on Mar 19, 2020 22:13:31 GMT
Just a thought: If you don't plan to always cleat your gennaker sheet in one place and leave it there for as long as conditions permit (racing boats rarely cleat the spinnaker sheets instead tweaking the sheet with every change in the wind) then you may find that a ratchet block as your turning block is much easier to hold steady than a free wheeling block. We used a ratchet block on the race boat I crewed on, and what a difference it made. Perhaps not as important on a cruiser, or with a cruising gennaker, but if I didn't have a turning block already on hand to use... I know I'd buy a ratchet block.
Hi Dolac - if I am following, you placed a padeye or something on the pushpit stanchion closest to the headsail sheet winch, to which you can attach a block. Probably a swivel block, I am guessing.
Sure, I would like to see a few photos in May - thanks for the offer!
Due to Covid-19 I stucked in Taiwan, I will be back on my LM on July 30th and will take a pictures of how did i do.. here is one photo of gennaker but unfortunately you can't see much.. anyway, red sheet goes from block on stern to sail and around the anchor to starboard side..