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Terry Shoup

I just bought the boat, and I'm going to be driving everyone crazy with all my questions, but please bear with me.

I have a loose-footed staysail, and I'm running the sheets through a block that's on a track on the cabin top on either side , then back through some fairleads to either side of the companionway. On the port side is a sort of locking device with a handle that lies parallel to the cabin top and catches the sheet in its jaws; on the starboard side, someone prior to me has rigged some sort of a pivoting cam cleat that jams every time I tack.

I want to replace the device on the starboard side and am thinking of a non-pivoting cam cleat or else a clam cleat -- any pro or con arguments? Should I replace the one on the port side as well? It seems to do the job pretty well.

I'd love to get a look at a boat that someone has done a good job of setting up! I'm in the LA area, so if anyone would be interested in showing off a little, drop me a note! I'd be willing to pop for breakfast or lunch!

Terry Shoup
Inalla WSSK0197

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