Re: Ideas for a P-15 outhaul

Thomas Grimes (tgrimes@gw.bsu.edu)
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 21:23:07 -0500


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Bruce

Jeff Westfall had the same problem that you describe, that of not being able to haul the outhaul far enough to flaten the sail. As luck would have it, I found a boom end fitting in a junk box in a boat goodie store and he tried it on his boom. It added 1 to 2 inches of outhaul.

Since Jeff trailered with his boom in the cabin, we were concerned that the boom end fitting would make the boom too long to go into the cabin. We tried, and it fit into the cabin with about 3/8 inch to spare.

Don't use a shackle through one of the eyes on the boom end fitting for the outhaul line; that will lose too much of the distance that you've gained. Smooth out the fitting with a small round file (the fitting is a rather rough casting as you get it) where the line goes through it, and the line should move smoothly.

Regards

Tom Grimes
P-14 #363 Far Horizon
Muncie, Indiana