C Buchs wrote: Tomfoolery wrote:
C Buchs wrote:My backstay adjustment line is attached to the dock cleat. I would really like to have this cleat available. Does everyone use/recommend a block with a cam cleat? I just noticed that the kit BWY sells comes with it setup that way.
I would suggest taking the main sheet system off, replacing it with the air block fiddle block kit from BWY (ball bearings - much easier to use under load), and using the old main sheet system for the backstay.
That's the one. And if you look at the backstay adjuster kit from BWY ($179), it comes with a new (shorter) backstay, and the same blocks as the original mainsheet, complete with cam cleat. https://shop.bwyachts.com/product-p/3441-1x0.htm
If you can shorten the backstay yourself, which is easy (and if you don't have a swage tool, it's worth it to buy one, or use the one at a West Marine store for free), you can end up with a much improved main sheet system and a backstay adjuster, all for less money, by retasking the original mainsheet system (with much shorter line) to back stay duty, and using the much smoother running new air blocks for the mainsheet.
My main sheet air blocks came with line, but that's not shown in the pic. I don't know if something has changed there. But you don't need much line for a backstay adjuster, so even if you buy new line, it won't be much, and it can be smaller if you like than the original 5/16" that the main sheet used, though it gets hard to work when the line is too small.
I don't have a backstay adjuster, other than the turnbuckle I use to preload it a little when I first put the mast up, but I do use the old mainsheet system as a second mainsheet some times (since the X doesn't have a traveler), mostly to pull the boom down (better geometry than the vang) when the boom is out, and even as a preventer on ocassion, though I have another line that also can do that. But I do put it to work once in a while. Blocks and lines never go to waste on a sailboat.