Todd, we did some fancy splicing (okay Chris did in Racine, okay, JC did it, okay, some rum helped it as well).
basically the splicing was:
- exposed the core on both ends, tucked the cover into them appropriately, aprox 8 inches on each end of exposed core).
- splice into the core a smaller dynema (like) line on each end by simply sliding it up the center of the exposed core of the actual downhaul on each end (chinees finger trap, aprox 4 inches each end). Did a bunch (read: twooooo many) locking stitches on each side. Easy to undo if needed (just cut the lock stitches on one side). You end up with about 4 inches of the smaller stuff exposed in the middle (12 inches total).
very very obvious there are other / better ways to do it, see first sentence for reasoning behing this particular scheme.... one word R A C I N E
Will show you at tradewinds if you don't have it by then. A lot of the C2s have it this way (Tony has our old boat, I know Robbie's is similar, JC's is the same).
(as I clearly don't have the boat in front of me, take all of the above with a huge grain of salt)
I should also note that on the Cap / C2 you don't have to undo the downhaul to take the mast down, it simply unshackles from the base of the mast, this may not be the case on other boats.
Edited by maritimesailor (11/04/10 05:08 PM)