“Bobstay” Strap for Asymmetrical

Reinforcing the Anchor Roller for a Spinnaker Tack Point;
Spinnaker Running Gear Ideas

By Tim Porter, C380 #199 Serendipity
Mainsheet, December 2011

The forward end of the C380 anchor roller is 20 inches ahead of the forestay attach plate, 10 inches ahead and clear of the bow pulpit, and on Serendipity was just begging to be used as the tack point for an asymmetrical spinnaker! The only issue was the upward load put on the anchor roller attachment in anything more than a light breeze. I solved this problem by having a “bobstay strap” made which attaches to the bottom of the anchor roller and the existing chainplate for the forestay located on the stem (photo 1). The strap has the additional benefit of strengthening the anchor roller in the downward direction, making it less likely you’ll damage it with excessive loading while weighing anchor (stuck anchor, pulling up a

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December – Note from the Editor

Note from the Editor,

Hard to believe that summer is almost over. Hopefully you had a good sailing season. Mine was limited due to travel, hot weather, and no wind. Next we had the Virginia earthquake – didn’t impact sailing but my dockmates said the docks and pilings were shaking. And finally in came Hurricane Irene. So far I have only received one report of damage to boats in our fleet. That was the result of an anchored Peterson 42 dragging down on the C380 Oceania. It appears that the C380 won that battle with the Peterson being “T-boned” by Oceania. Oceania suffered some bow damage, but the Peterson was worse off. It is interesting that marinas on the Chesapeake generally allowed boats to stay at their slips, while Northeastern marinas seemed to require boats to vacate. Oceania was damaged as a result of that policy. On the other hand,

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Winch Rite – Review

Posted by: “Joseph A. Revak, DMD, MAS” joenopain1@verizon.net joenopain1
Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:01 am (PDT)

I do have the Winch Rite. I only use it for raising the main. It would be to bulky for jib sheeting. I like it for the main. I also have the Tides Marine Strong track system. When I first got the Winch Rite I used the slow speed to raise the Main, now I use the higher speed and it does just fine. A LOT less work for my back. It is usually Diane and I on the boat so, as someone said with the Strong system I could raise the main at the mast easily, but we always raise the Main from the cockpit and there is the additional resistance from the blocks.

Where I really like it is at the beginning of the season while I feed the jib into the furling slot, Diane can raise the jib’s halyard, which she had difficulties doing with a winch. I have not seen the electric winch handle on the bikini model. Warren I have seen some REALLY great premolars and molars lately though!
I hope every one is out on the water,
Joe Revak, C-387 # 74

Note from the Editor — December 2011

Note from the Editor:

Unfortunately this will be my last Mainsheet article. After much soul searching, we have decided to sell our C380, Blue Heron. We have enjoyed our nearly eight years with her and I still remember how impressed we were with the size, comfort, sailing qualities – you name it – versus our old C34. However, she is a lot of boat for the limited amount day sailing we have ended up doing of late. You are supposed to have lots of free time in retirement, but it seems like there is always something else going on that makes it hard to block out the time for sailing. My calendar is much fuller than when I was working – go figure! She passed survey today so it looks like the deal we have to sell will go through. So, what is next? Hard to say. Probably something much smaller. However, I’ll wait a while to make a decision.

I’ve enjoyed my short tenure as the Technical Editor. We have a lot of high caliber technical minds in the Association and I am sure my replacement will serve the Membership well.

In this issue we have a couple of interesting articles for C380’s. First is an article by skipper Tim Porter on replacing the C380 engine control pod with the newer Seaward pod that angles the instruments upward for better viewing while underway. No more crawling on the cockpit floor to see the gauges! The second, related article by skipper Bill Ahillen is on replacing the standard 1-inch diameter cockpit pedestal guard with a 1-1/4 inch diameter guard to allow more room for electronic cables in the tubes. Something needed in today’s digital age with chart plotters, radar, AIS, etc. This article was actually a Yahoo post that I have edited for inclusion in Mainsheet. And finally, I will continue my regular listing of posts in the Yahoo list for the last quarter.

Again, I have enjoyed my tenure as your Technical Editor and I wish all of you “Fair Winds and Following Seas”.

— Steve


September 2011

Lewmar Portlight Seals
Raymarine ST50 Speed Transducer Cable Splicing
Mast Rake Settings
LED’s for Cabin Lighting
Prop Shaft Anti-fouling Paint
C380 Pricing
Westerbeke 42B Running Hot
Folding vs. Feathering Props (also see Oct)
Close-hauled Mainsail Twist
Cunningham Setup
Mounting Plate for Cabin-top Clutches
Cabin Window Shades
PSS Shaft Seal Issues
Adding a Third Dutchman Line
New Sink and Stovetop Cleaner

October 2011

Galley Sole Alternatives
Holding Tank and Vent Issues
Rigging Setup
Lewmar Winch Maintenance
Gybe Preventer (Boom Brake)
Replacing Crazed Hatches and Ports
Yanmar Exhaust Elbow Corrosion
Steering Wheel Nut
Bilge Issues
Asymmetrical Spinnaker Size
Cockpit Table Support Replacement