Ideas for a P-15 outhaul

Bruce Hood (
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 14:24:41 -0800

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Hi fellow Potter Sailors..
I'm pondering the best way to set up an adjustable outhaul,
so I can flatten the mainsail, or set it fuller while on the water..
I notice that Dwyer aluminum makes a boom end-cap with an
eye for attaching the clew of the main, or a small block and
an eye for attaching the mainsheet blocks.. this would be
pretty simple.. just run a line from the clew around a small block
then take the line forward to a small fairlead clamcleat attached
to the top of the boom near the boom's inboard end.. then one
could just reach up and adjust it. While thinking about this it
also occured to me that you could just endcap the boom and
run a line internally forward within the boom, then exit the
boom on the underside.. However since the boom is fairly
slender I'm leary of making any holes in it that might cause
a weak spot... I need to end cap the boom to make it a little
longer than the location of the present end staple riveted to the
boom, in order to have enough length to stretch the foot a little
further aft... Has anyone else made an adjustable outhaul and
have any suggestions.. I thing Don Bergst made a beautiful hardwood
endcap with a hole in the center and a notch for the outhaul line that
the he routed the line forward along the boom with.. but I can't
remember if he routed the line inside the boom or not.. Any
further ideas, or descriptions of a working system are welcome..
best wishes,
Bruce Hood, P-15 "Aillte" sail no. 1246