Re: Main-Sail rigging (back-stay & topping lift) & Keel Q's
Sun, 30 May 1999 14:32:41 EDT

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Hi Bill, Here is the answer to most of your questions about your Potter.
1. The correct way to rig the mainsheet, you need a double block on the boom.
a single block on starboard side, and a single block with a becket on port.
Start with the sheet tied to the becket on the port side, go through the
boom block and over to the starboard block. Then go back over the boom to the
port block and then to the mainsheet cleat. This will give you a balanced
mainsheet that doesn't need any adjustments while tacking.

2. As far as backstays go. all P.19's from 1971 to 1992 had them. I have
sailed 19's with and without them. the boats with backstays are much
stronger, point higher, and don't experience mast pumping while sailing
downwind. several years ago I helped a friend set up his Potter for sailing
S.F.Bay. My backstay set up was so good many others wanted one. Now all
P.19's sailing the Bay have backstays. As far as heavy weather sailing goes,
yesterday my son and I were out in winds gusting to 35 MPH, we had some waves
busting over the deck . During the whole time we were drinking Budwiser and
listening to Creedence clearwater Revival. It doesn't get any better than

3. As far as a topping lift goes you can run one from a mast cleat to a
side mounted masthead sheave then down to the boom. Or you can just run a
tang off thr backstay and attach it to the boom.

4. If your keel is not galvanized I would keep it in the raised position
while docked. But once underway lower it and keep it down.

I hope this has helped! Jerry Barrilleaux (Commodore,Potter Yachters)