E26-2 Dodger

Loren Beach

O34 - Portland, OR
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One little observation from up in the third balcony, if I may...
Since it's a bit harder to see what control line does what, when viewed thru the dodger, it's a good idea to stick with tradition and keep the main halyard on Starboard side and the jib halyard on the Port side. Not everyone does this, nor is it a 'rule', but when crewing on any other boat it helps to have some transferable nomenclature to shorten the learning curve.
 
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bigd14

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On the 30+ the companionway is offset to starboard so the winch is crowded outboard. When the dodger is up you can’t get a full turn on the winch handle. For that reason I had to lead the main halyard to port.

Port: Main Halyard, Main Sheet, Reef 1 (2 lines)
Starboard: Spin Halyard, Spin Tack, Reef 2 (2 lines)
All 8 of these lines run under cutouts in dodger
Traveler lines run through custom holes in dodger
Vang is adjusted from the cabintop
Outhaul is (rarely) adjusted on boom at mast
 

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KS Dave

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Starboard side , Vang, main sheet, reefing line , pole lift,, Port side jib halyard 1, jib Halyard 2, Spin Halyard, outhaul
Also main halyard is on the starboard also
Thanks for the explanation! At the risk of hijacking the dodger thread, a couple more running rigging questions (though, Vasu might not mind, either...)

My main sheet is on port along with the jib halyard and one of the reefing lines. Starboard side has my main halyard and an additional reefing line (I can't remember which is first and second). I'm also missing a winch on the starboard side - only have one on port.

So, your vang runs to cockpit? That seems like a good idea. Mine is difficult to work with. Could I convert mine by removing the cleat and running the line back to the cockpit like the other lines (block on mast base then through a deck block)?
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The whisker pole for my boat disappeared with a previous owner (though I know it used to have one) and I don't have a spinnaker (or arguably much use for one on my lake). Hmm. I think the pole lift line is what this block was for on my mast. Does that seem right? It's just above the spar.
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Brad Johnson

Member III
Yes that’s above right for the height of the pole lift , was the starboard side cabin top winch removed??? Never saw one without it, I have changed about every control line , turning blocks etc. in the 34 years I have owned her . The best change was a Vangmaster solid Vang , truly a piece of art !!
 

KS Dave

Member III
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Yes that’s above right for the height of the pole lift ,
Excellent! Another mystery solved. I'm tempted to have someone string some line through it while he's shimmying up my mast, just in case.

was the starboard side cabin top winch removed??? Never saw one without it,
I'm can only assume so. I have pictures from the owner in 2010 and the winch wasn't there. I really can't see evidence of it having been there, but I'm sure it was. I'm going to dig around in a friend's junk bin to see if he has a little winch I could install there. At some point, I'd like to upgrade to self-tailing winches for the headsail and perhaps I'll move one or both of Harken 16s up there. So many projects, so little money.

I have changed about every control line , turning blocks etc. in the 34 years I have owned her .
Yes. I'm practicing great restraint to not inundate you with a hundred minor questions from your treasure trove of knowledge. :egrin:
 

vasuvius

Member II
I'm can only assume so. I have pictures from the owner in 2010 and the winch wasn't there. I really can't see evidence of it having been there, but I'm sure it was. I'm going to dig around in a friend's junk bin to see if he has a little winch I could install there. At some point, I'd like to upgrade to self-tailing winches for the headsail and perhaps I'll move one or both of Harken 16s up there. So many projects, so little money.
I have self tailing winches for the headsail on my E26-2. Truly makes it much easier to single hand or tack when I have my wife on the wheel.
I only have 1 cleat aft of the port self tailer which gets used for the furling line.

I'm still figuring out things one at a time as this is my first boat. I don't even know what I need to do :) and am slowly trying to change things that I find inconvenient.
I do feel silly asking the most basic questions here on the forum :-(
 

vasuvius

Member II
I finally got around to finishing this work. The one thing I'm missing is some fitting on the mast for a block to lead the mainsheet through. The forward most block under the boom is about a foot from the mast. It seemed to work fine.
I need to find a way to raise the height of the clam cleat for the halyard as even with one turn of the sheet on the winch, it's a bit tricky to cleat off from the helm without taking a step forward and pulling the sheet downwards.

Here's a few pics.
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Brad Johnson

Member III
Harken makes a riser for the cam cleat , I don’t have two winch’s on the cabinet top so I go straight to cam cleat. In your case the riser should fork fine , does your ceiling have a zipper in that area ?? I wish mine did , I have taken that ceiling apart countless times over the years, would make access so much better
 

vasuvius

Member II
I don't have a zipper on the ceiling. I guess it'll be more work :)
I'll likely combine it with putting in a couple of cam cleats for the traveler so I can have the traveler lines further out to the sides and led back.
 

acubria

Member II
This is also a 26-2.
Mainsheet goes to the mast and then back to the cockpit .
The design of the dodger is terrible and in order to use the traveler , you have to rollup the middle window. Not great , but I love sailing out there!


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