Mainsheet extender

I just bought a used Flying Scot. The bottom block of the mainsheet is attached to the bail on the rudder head by a about a 5 inch loop of white cord, which is showing some fraying. What is the advantage of this setup as opposed to attaching the block directly to the bail on the rudder head? Thanks

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The reason for the 5 inch loop is one person's (the former owner

The reason for the 5 inch loop is one person's (the former owner)solution to preventing the mainsheet from catching on the rudder head during jibes. There are no infallible methods of avoiding this annoyance, but perhaps others will weigh in here. After trying several other solutions, now I have the block attached directly to the rudder head bail and pull the mainsheet as the boom jibes, attempting to make the mainsheet swing free. It works most of the time, but not always. FSSA Forum editor

You can also use a Frisbee with a hole in it where the main is c

You can also use a Frisbee with a hole in it where the main is connected to the tiller to block the main sheet from catching on the head.

I have a factory wire rope extender that is perhaps somewhat lon

I have a factory wire rope extender that is perhaps somewhat longer than 5 inches. The top part of the extender is attached to an elstic chord that goes to a simple plastic tubular cleat on the tiller.With the elastic tight the effective point of attachment is to the tiller, appx 8 inches forward of the rudder head. On downwind legs in light air this keeps the main sheet on the rear deck instead of dragging through the water. It is not perfect but it helps. Karafiath FS 3512