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.