Jib sheet block and cleat arrangement

Currently, my single purchase jib sheet runs through a single 3" ratchet block attached to the jib car and then across to the other side of the boat where it cleats on the side deck just aft of the windward jib lead. This cross sheeting restricts access to the forward cockpit. I have seen the unofficial FS site and have seen the seat cleating method. I want to change to a 2:1 purchase system. Has anyone tried a single swivel block with becket and cam cleat (harken 2616) attached directly to the car? With the 2:1 purchase, is a ratchet block needed? The ratchamatic almost doubles the price and brings the price tag for this change to $350+. Any and all advice will be appreciated. Thanks, Mark Sutphen Hull #1520 MS_/)

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We never use the rachet on our jib blocks, I would suggest that

We never use the rachet on our jib blocks, I would suggest that you stay with a larger vs smaller block on the jib track. When cleated to the seat cleats, it bring the clew of the jib closer to the mast. You can get the a complete kit from Flying Scot for under $50. This kit will use your existing blocks mounted on the jib track. You will need to putchase blocks and cleats for the seats.

Mark, I changed my system on 277 to a 2:1 system with the additi

Mark, I changed my system on 277 to a 2:1 system with the addition of 2 Harken ratchet cheek blocks on the aft foredeck to the side of the tabernacle slot, 2 camcleats about 45 degrees from each cheek block, a 6 inch tag line with 2 small bullet blocks (for the tack of the jib), and a stainless steel wire "loop" fastened to the forward end of the jib track for the bitter end of the jib sheet. The jib can then be controlled/cleated from the windward side easily. The system can be changed back to 1:1 in light air very quickly by untying the bitter end, unclipping the bullet blocks at the jib and tying the bitter end to the tag line, all in under a minute. The system keeps the seats clear, keeps cross-cockpit lines minimized to just aft the mast, and keeps crew weight on the high side. I have pictures available to any that would like them. The cheek ratchets, bullet blocks, and camcleats were all purchased for under $60 total from a popular internet auction site (amazing what you can find there!). Barry 277

Barry, We're looking to update our jib sheet configuration.

Barry, We're looking to update our jib sheet configuration. I would love to see the pictures you have of your setup. I don't think I've seen a 2:1 purchase on a jib yet. In heavy air I could sure use the extra help getting the jib tight. Melissa ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FS5074

Melissa, check the pictures on the Unofficial Scot Site http://

Melissa, check the pictures on the Unofficial Scot Site http://home.att.net/~unofficial-flyingscot-page/jibcontrol.html It is essentially how I rigged mine, using the original jib track and blocks. I made my stainless hoops for the attachment of the bitter end at the front end of the jibtrack by looping and then seizing stainless steel wire. The bitter end is tied with a bowline, and can be released and the system retuned to a 1:1 setup in quick time, or vice versa should the wind pick up and more purchase needed.