Winch on centerboard

My buddy just bought a Scot and it has a four inch winch on the centerboard trunk cap. It's #3000 something and has the angled kick up piece which is where the winch is. Has anyone seen this before? The seller bought it used and didn't know what it was for either.

Thoughts?

Comments

2450 had same winch.  I just

2450 had same winch.  I just removed it.  Did not serve any real purpose.  It could have once been used to help raise the centerboard.

2450 had same winch.  I just

2450 had same winch.  I just removed it.  Did not serve any real purpose.  It could have once been used to help raise the centerboard.

Before my time

We will need a Scot veteran to comment.  I think that may have been used for the mainsheet back in the day, when the mainsheet came from the boom in a different way.

It may have also been for the jib.  Sandy was never one to use a cleat on the jib or main.  He thought you should hold it and continuously trim, for max speed.

 

 

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

Centerboard Winch

Phil is right. My boat has the original setup. The mainsheet comes through a ratchet block on the end of the boom. One uses the winch to ease tension on the sheet. 

I also think Sandy was right---don't cleat the mainsheet--- both because it should be constantly trimmed and to greatly reduce the chances of capsizing.

Trying to visualize the set

Trying to visualize the set up. Block on the tiller ? End of boom and mid boom down to the winch?

Or does it come to the winch at an angle from the back end of the boom?

Brian Dellett

LunaSea #1569

Yea it seems crazy

Yea the main came from the back of the boom to that winch and there was no mid boom block.  That is the only way that it could be reefed too.  Seems crazy to have a setup like that but I guess some people swore by it... ...or at it.

Winch on Centerboard Trunk

The boom was designed to make roller reefing posible. With the main sheet coming from the end of the boom the mainsail could be rolled up on the boom like a window shade. However, when I've tried it the resulting sail shape was too full thereby reducing the desired effect of reefing. 

I've subsequently gone to jiffy reefing.

Hmmm. Thx.

Hmmm. Thx.

Brian Dellett

LunaSea #1569

skipper

How did the skipper easily switch sides? Or it wasn't easy but just dealt with and the reason for the change?

Brian Dellett

LunaSea #1569

Winch on Centerboard Trunk

When coming about the helmsperson first stands and then turns toward the stern while swapping the mainsheet and tiller extension between hands. After turning 180 degrees he/she sits on the new windward side of the boat.

At first it seems a bit awkward but people get used to it quite quickly. It is slightly disconcerting to take ones eyes off what's ahead, if only momentarily.

Thx

Thx

Brian Dellett

LunaSea #1569