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Dave King
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Ahoy Dave,
I've been sailing these boats from their beginning but it's been such a long time that I no longer remember how I learned some things. I remember putting up the Trysail for the first time about 35 years ago, at the dock, and wondering where to sheet it. I discovered that the aft mooring cleats were at a perfect fairlead. And they were very strong. I later talked with another W-32 owner and he/she agreed that that was a good location. Somewhere through the years, I THINK I heard Bud T. mention the same thing. I therefore concluded, using no conscience thought at all, that it must have been intended that way.
All this time, from the beginning, I had heard of sheeting the clew of the Trysail to the main boom. I thought of this but did not like that idea, preferring instead to immobilizing the boom in the gallows.
Is it possible I've been sailing my boats WRONG all these years? I'm going to go out again tomorrow and practice some more.
Thanks for the comeback, Dave

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