Hobie 16 Main Sail Pull Down Line
Category: Hobie 16, mainsail, rigging, sailboat, catamaran
Problem: On all of the sailboats I owned, that have had the slugs in a mast track, I like to manage everything from the cockpit. Without a line to bring the main sail down, one has to go forward on the boat and pull it down. In the other modification (See: .011002 Hobie 16 Main Sail Luff Conversion to Slugs) I had added the sail slugs. When I was experimenting raising and lowering the mainsail, sure enough, it would get stuck part way down the mast and I would have to pull on the luff of the sail to bring it down.
Action: Add a rig to accommodate a line to pull down a Hobie mainsail. One end of the line is attached to the topmost slug and the other runs down the mast to a block that turns it on to the trampoline where it’s secured in my line management system.
Result: It worked great!
When idea was conceived: 12/02/2015
How much time it took to develop: 30 minutes
How much money it took to develop: $7 for Dacron line, $7 for the block (really, I had all these things from a similar rig that I had on my Catalina 22 which has been sold).
Current status: Available for use
Since it was originally done: