Hobie 16 Repositioned and Reversed Mainsheet Cam Cleat Ratchet Block
Category: Hobie re-rigging. mainsail, catamaran, sailboat
Problem: The way the Hobie is rigged currently, the main sheet comes down and out through a ratchet block and cam cleat just above the trampoline at the stern of the boat. When I am center sailing, that, of course, is directly behind me, and very difficult to use. Also, the places where the mainsheet blocks are attached to the boom are such that the blocks and main sheet will interfere with the electric motor shaft when it is in a raised position.
Action: To experiment with repositioning the mainsheet blocks so that they were attached to the boom in a way that would provide clearance with the motor shaft, I created temporary attachment points using C-clamps and some line. I still had the problem of access to the main sheet. I basically flipped the rigging so that the ratchet block would be attached to the boom where I could easily access it. For this to work, I had to reposition the cam cleat on the ratchet block.
Result: It worked great!
When idea was conceived: 9/10/2015
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: I used some existing C-clamps and a piece of aluminum, however I purchased two special clamps that would work better if I want to make this more permanent without drilling and attaching things to the mast. $20
Current status: Returned to original rigging when I sold the boat
Since it was originally done: