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SailTowery
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Initially Posted - 08/29/2018 :  10:10:59  Show Profile  Visit SailTowery's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Has anyone here used a smaller than 110% jib and mounted jib tracks on the cabin top? Did it work?

Ben
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Fleet
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Response Posted - 09/10/2018 :  06:06:42  Show Profile  Visit Fleet's Homepage  Reply with Quote
When winds are really high I've run a 100% jib and ran the sheets on the tracks at the bottom of the windows. Never thought there was need to run another track on top of the cabin. In my useless opinion, there are enough holes in the Capri and adding more to the top of the cabin is just creating more paths for water.


Fleet
Kamikaze
1983 Hull #397
Lake Guntersville, AL
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SailTowery
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Response Posted - 09/24/2018 :  09:45:45  Show Profile  Visit SailTowery's Homepage  Reply with Quote
EP said they have built 95% jibs and put track on the cabin top. With a 100% like yours, do you run the sheet outside the forward shrouds but inside the caps and aft shrouds? When eased, I'm sure the sheet ran against the shrouds?

The thinking behind the 95% and cabin top tracks is sheet angle and pointing ability. In 25 knots, even with a reef and the 110% jib, we can't point for squat. With a 95% we can make a sail that is much flatter. I too, hate the though of ANOTHER set of tracks on the boat, but we get our asses handed to us in that kind fo breeze. And our club isn't afraid of 25 knots.


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Fleet
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Response Posted - 10/11/2018 :  07:20:10  Show Profile  Visit Fleet's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We ran the sheets outside the shrouds. I always have trouble pointing high no matter what sail is on. You may be right about running the smaller sail flatter and enhancing your pointing ability. Your club may not be afraid of 25 knot winds but I sure am. I watched a beautiful Elliott 770 break a keel and completely turtle in 25 knot winds. In February. Water was cold.


Fleet
Kamikaze
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joearcht
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Response Posted - 10/11/2018 :  07:38:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have not raced very much in 25 knots, but I have been out a few times in that kind of wind and worse.
My boat came with a set of tracks on the cabin top under the shrouds and with an old 110% jib.
I can not imagine sailing the boat competitively with the 110% without the cabin top tracks.
I'd suggest you putting the tracks on and trying them with a 110 before cutting back to the 95.
I can take a photo and get some measurements if you want me to of how my boat is set up.
This was a West Coast boat I think and raced in pretty high winds before I brought it East.
It had many upgrades and very heavy lines on it when I took possession. I've downsized most of the running rigging now and never replaced the 110 as I mostly sail in light winds here.

Joe W Hiller Jr
1985 Capri 25
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SailTowery
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Response Posted - 10/11/2018 :  11:34:00  Show Profile  Visit SailTowery's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Excellent feedback. Thank you!

Yeah, pointing in the heavy breeze is an issue anyway. I'm hoping to curb some of that with a 95% jib.

Some pics of your 110/inboard track set up would be rad. I would think the forward lowers would get in the way but I've never tried it.


Ben
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