Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pedestal for a Tanzer 16--help

Pedestal for jib sheets - February 22, 2014 -- I spent most of the morning in the sitting in the boat (Tanzer 16 1306).  I was trying to figure out the best placement for the jib tracks and blocks.  We are a special crew.  Our youngster is 60.  He tends the jib sheets and the center board, and he has a stainless steel knee.  I want him to control the sheets from the high side when the wind is blowing and, of course, the low side when the winds are light.  I want him to be comfortable and efficient.

So I tried lots of different positions for the jib tracks and blocks and the cam cleats.  Finally concluded that the only position that made sense was midships.  Hmm.

Went back and looked at the plans.  Sure enough.  The original called out an optional pedestal with a snubbing winch that sits on top of the centerboard trunk.

Thought about it for awhile--three hours--while I did some plumbing work.  I can make this pedestal out of teak or mahogany a lot faster than I can make a mold to create a fiberglass replica.  So guys, help me out.  How high should the snubbing winch be above the centerboard trunk--or how much lower than the deck?  Pictures and explanatory text appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

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