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RE: Spinnaker blocks

Thanks Bob

That is excellent news.  I will attach the blocks!

Thanks a lot for your response.  Happy sailing!

-----Original Message-----
From: sanjuan23-admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:sanjuan23-admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Thursday, 23 February 2006 2:54 PM
To: sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Spinnaker blocks


Have no fear the toe rail won't pull out under the load of a spinnaker. 
I have seen an SJ23 pound (side to side at the bow) against a slightly 
smaller boat for 2 days in 2 foot waves. The toe rail of the SJ23 
literally cut the other boat to shreds as it first sheared off the rub 
rail then opened up the deck. I realize that most of the cutting action 
(and hence the load on the toe rail) was downward on the deck, but the 
rail also pulled down against the other hull. The SJ23 rail never lifted

off the deck. In the end when I separated the 2 boats, the SJ23 survived

with only cosmetic damage. Absolutely NO damage to the toe rail or any 
of the glass supporting it. A quick sanding of the gel coat followed by 
a paint job restored the SJ23. I instantly acquired a whole new respect 
for the aluminum toe rail.

On another job, I replaced all the factory cup washers with over size 
aluminum washers to take the load of my new bow anchor roller. It should

be noted that I found most of the screws loose during the replacement. 
Also, I capsized the hull twice (mast head almost to the water) after 
which the toe rail never leaked, creaked or showed other signs of

If you want real security then install the same aluminum washers I did 
as show in Tech Tip B26
With all these experiences I look at hulls quite differently now. I see 
the strength of a good toe rail versus the weakness of a rub rail. The 
SJ23 toe rail ain't coming apart. Hope this helps to ease your fears.


Bob Schimmel
(Always stay curious)


Theo Riethmuller wrote:

>I live in Brisbane Australia and own a Fleetwing 25, which is a San
>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
>what spinnaker sheet set-up do other people use.
>Theo Riethmuller
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