Sailing Canoe Lines for Pulling Down the Sails
Category: sailing canoe, canoe, cruiser, sails
Problem: While technically I am able to walk forward in the canoe because it is stable with the outrigger, I really wanted to have all my control lines come back to where they are easily accessible from the stern of the canoe, which meant that I would be able to remain seated in the canoe and raise and lower the sails as required.
Action: I rigged a block at the base of the mast and at the connection of the jib tack and then threaded a light Dacron line through the block and connected it to the head of each sail. Now when the sails are raised, this light line is threaded up through the block and is in position to then lower the sails beyond what gravity would normally do. This is particularly useful when lowering the sails in a wind, when I am deciding to motor in from sailing.
Result: It worked great!
When idea was conceived:
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: $35.00
Current status: Sold the boat
Since it was originally done: