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RE: Spinnaker blocks

I put the blocks in the toe rail, and have not had a problem, and I have
seen this done on many boats of different sizes, and never heard of a
toe rail ripping out.  Perhaps an engineer could give you a more
professional opinion based on loads, strengths, etc.

-----Original Message-----
From: sanjuan23-admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:sanjuan23-admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Theo
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 5:26 PM
To: sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Spinnaker blocks


I live in Brisbane Australia and own a Fleetwing 25, which is a San Juan
23 with a tapered stern of 2 foot manufactured in New Zealand after the
SJ23 stopped production.  Exactly the same boat, but powered by an
outboard in a centre well in the cockpit!

My question is whether I can put spinnaker blocks attached through the
slots in toe rail aft of the jib sheet winches in the cockpit. Some
people have suggested to me that the loads put on the toe rail from the
spinnaker in full flight could rip the toe rail out! 

Could this be true or is the toe rail able to stand the force.   If not,
what spinnaker sheet set-up do other people use.


Theo Riethmuller
Regional Infrastructure
The Coordinator-General

ph: 3405 6544
fax: 3229 7315

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