sheets and cleats

Guest
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I have noticed on a photo of Aeolus that the foward sheet winch is in a diferent place to mine. I have a cleat where the staysail sheet winch is and the angle to it from the winch is not good. Are the sheet winches on Aeolus self tailing or do you have cleats too. Also does the jib sheet share the same winch and cleat as the backstays. I was thinking of adding a second cleat for the jib sheet as the cleat I use seems more in line for the backstays and constantly gives the jib sheet a ridding turn. Any info would be gratefully appreciated. Lloyd

Aeolus FWB28
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Joined: 26 Aug 2006

Aeolus has the same type of winches as Brian's boat. I find the two speed very useful, you can go back and forth winching in with each part stroke.
They're not cheap but are good value.

Brian Neale
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Joined: 03 Sep 2006

I have two-speed self-tailers but I have to say that the two-speed bit is an unnecessary luxury (I now find). A lot of the time (pretty much any wind strength that does not need a reef) the foresail sheets come in with a good heave, and even when winching is needed it's usually just to harden up a little. Mine are LVJ (a Dutch brand, I believe) that I bought from Classic Marine in bronze.

I would rather have self-tailing than two-speed if it came to a straight choice. As a frequent single-hander, in fact, I think that the ST option is almost essential and it does give an quick and easy cleating option.

Guest
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I am starting to think I might change my mind and get the self tailers sooner rather than later. Joy and I sail the boat together but tacking would be so much easier with self tailers. Does anyone use single speed winches or should I bite the bullet and go for two speed winches? They seem to be about £300 each

Guest
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Thanks Steve and Brian. Well I'll have to put up with the cleats untill I can afford more winches which might be a while as I have a thousand other things to do on her. Osmosis treatment being the first priority and possibly a re-spray and then there are the sails, oh, and the cooker with an oven. Cheers Lloyd

Brian Neale
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Joined: 03 Sep 2006

Victoria Ruth also has two self-tailing winches each side and as usual on the 28, the "spare" jib sheet winch does duty for the running backstay.

When I first took delivery of the boat I realised that there were no sheet cleats but in practice I have never needed them. In fact, I seldom actually do any "winching" either - just a good heave and use the winch drum as a snubbing winch. Then a quick turn into the self-jammer on the top and job done.

Aeolus FWB28
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Joined: 26 Aug 2006

There are no cleats on Aeolus, just winches and yes they are self tailing. Yes the aft winch shares the jib and backstay.


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