Unfortunately the main sheets have a tendency to tangle up around the two stern mooring cleats--especially unhandy when you are trying to gibe in a fresh breeze. In fact it is so unhandy that the only way you can untangle them is to tack to take the pressure off the sheets and undo them while you are head to wind.
|The mainsheet parts hang up on the horns of this cleat|
It could be dangerous and certainly doesn't contribute to smooth gibes--solution: Make up some covers for the cleats that will prevent tangles. Finished them today. Started by gluing up some 3/4 mahogany --the same stuff used for the tiller. Then hollowed it out with Forstner bit and chisel. Rounded the corners with a spindle sander; then rounded the top with my biggest round-over router bit.
|It's nice to have a heated shop with the tools you need.|