Mid-boom sheeting

For those of you interested in converting your mainsheet to the mid-boom location Harry has instructions and photos on the Flying Scot web page. Click on "How to" found on the left side of the web page menu. Thanks Harry.

I am seriously considering a mid-boom sheeting solution to avoid the deck ape drill of hauling the motor aboard, and it sounds like you have some (ahem) "experience" with this rig. I am exploring an idea I read about in Scots & Water a few years back that sounded interesting: For moderate to heavy wind days, or just for some relaxed cruising, the FS can be rigged with a Snipe mainsail. Its smaller area eases the heeling and the forces on the boom. Sounds like a perfect cruising solution to avoid the reefing drill underway and the bunching of the main around your head. Comments?

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quote:[i]Originally posted by Bob41[/i]
[br]For those of you interested in converting your mainsheet to the mid-boom location Harry has instructions and photos on the Flying Scot web page. Click on "How to" found on the left side of the web page menu. Thanks Harry.

Does the extra bail in the new midboom mainsheet purchase hardware kit from FS Inc really signficantly weaken the boom? It seems like a great idea but if genuinely degrades the boom strength... I'd love to hear Harry's take on this directly.

Yesterday I sailed with my new mid-boom rigging for the first time. I love how compact it is and easy to use. It was also a relief to leave the motor on the bracket and sail until the last gasp of wind was gone. We were in mild conditions and didn't exceed six knots.
Converting cost me about 15.00 in parts and I needed my cordless drill, one screwdriver, and my rivet gun. You can re-use two of the screws in the centerboard cap but they won't sit flat on the new eyestrap if they're cupheads. It looked more bristol to use four new flatheads.
You can generate quite a debate about the holes drilled for rivets in the boom. One school claims it weakens it and another that the rivets make up for lost material if installed correctly. Pick your opinion and try to prove it.
It did seem to me that the boom did a fair amount of flexing when the wind picked up. I thought that a stronger more touring oriented boom might make sense for those of us unconcerned about what is "legal" for the Scot. I'd like to know what Harry thinks of that. I want to stick with this neater configuration and if replacing the boom would help make that more practical I would find that a okay tradeoff.
Lets hear from others who have tried this.

I tried the new mid-boom purchase mainsheet rigging this past week, and (like Bob) I was very happy with it. The mainsheet tackle is all concentrated in one area - it's very neat and tidy. It allowed us to leave the motor on the bracket with no chance of fouling; my daughter and a friend were diving off the stern into the lake and there were absolutely no lines to trip over, or get in the way.
The winds were light so I had no chance of observing boom flex, but I think that unless winds are are especially gusty (or I'm racing), I will use the new arrangment. Thanks Harry for a super solution! The parts in the kit from Flying Scot were a snap to install.

There is no doubt that putting the mainsheet purchase in the middle of the boom puts a lot more load on the boom and that the extra bail in center does weaken the boom. You should not expect to sail the boat as aggressively with it rigged this way as you do with it rigged to the end of the boom. Don't do uncontrolled gybes or sheet in hard going upwind when it blows over 15.

This rig is a good way to keep the mainsheet away from the motor while sailing with the motor on the transom. For most, the advantage of not dealing with removing and installing the motor is worth a little sacrifice in performance.

Has anyone tried the alternate method of end boom sheeting that FS suggested a couple of years ago? It involved drilling two holes a few inches in from the stern and an inch or so in from either side and running a line through each hole. The main sheet block was then moved off the rudder and attached to the center of this line. It looked interesting but I am reluctant to drill holes in the deck for a system that may not be any better that the original one.

I used that system for the last year without any fouling problems. I would opt for it versus the mid-boom method for the reasons given here.


I ordered the kit from Dee today. Any hints on installing it? The process seems simple.


FWIW - the conversion took all of about 10 minutes to complete AND can be reversed in about the same amount of time. While it isn't clear in the instructions, this is a great option for those wanting to maintain safe motor use AND continue to race. I love it!


Update: This is a great way to cruise or light race a scot. The kids love it and it makes the boat really simple for anyone to sail. It was like a whole new boat.