Posted by: Wayne | April 29, 2012

Rigging check

I have been doing a bit of rearranging the rigging on Good Enough this winter.  Most of the changes have involved the mainsail.  Changes have been:

  • Removing the cleats from the mainmast and plugged the holes with epoxy.
  • Removing the downhaul blocks and cleat from the deck and plugged the holes with epoxy.
  • Painting over all previously mentioned epoxy.
  • Drilling holes and installing stainless lined through-deck bushes for main halyard, jib halyard, and main downhaul.
  • Installing turning blocks and cleats for main and jib halyards onto the front seat under the deck.
  • Installing main downhaul blocks and cleat onto the front seat under the deck.
  • Splicing a short length of dyneema onto the upper downhaul block.
  • Leading the aforementioned length of dyneema through the bush and splicing in a thimble above the deck.

This afternoon we pulled the boat out onto the street in front of the house for a rigging test.  A few pictures might help explain some of the above changes.

New deck configuration.


Blue line is main halyard

Green line is jib halyard

Grey line is main downhaul

Whitish line on deck is jib sheet

Yellow-green line is jib furling line







Blue line is main halyard

Green line is jib halyard

Black line is main downhaul

Grey line is spliced to upper main downhaul block

White line is centerboard uphaul line


Head of sail with halyard and parrel arrangement.

Throat of sail / bottom of yard.


Details of the halyard and parrel arrangement on the main yard.

You can just see the halyard wrapped around the yard and secured with a spool shackle.

The grey line has a spliced loop in the end, and is wrapped around the yard just above the halyard and run through the spliced eye.

The grey line is then led around the mast and tied to a quick-release shackle which is clipped to the saddle at the bottom end of the yard.

This line serves as a parrel to keep the yard against the mast.

It also keeps the halyard from sliding up the yard under tension.






All three sails set, with the main being reefed.










It seems like the new setup will work better than the previous setup.  Time will tell.  And now for some gratuitous cuteness:

Our youngest two in the boat. Can you say "double trouble"?

Blaise trying his hand at the tiller.



  1. Yoda changes likes.
    Gratutious cuteness is awesome! Even though it hasnt been THAT long since you moved, I cant believe how big Blaise is! Double trouble, indeed! I volunteer to go on a sail as you will need a grandpa figure to separate those two and keep them in line!

  2. I’ve just been OFSTED’ed and came home feeling low and i have to say this last phot cheers me up no end – now that truly is a definition of cuteness

    good adaptations well done guys

    arwens meanderings

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