Harness (Rick Perkins/Ian Renilson)
All good pimps should have somthing special
hanging from the crotch ...
This mod has been developed to attach the mainsheet
tail to the harness.
- Lewmar Nab Shackle
Top Pic is Rick's Harness
Lower Pic is Ian's Harness
Instructions from Ian:
I use a clip on my harness so that I can
control the main from the wire whilst going downwind
without leaning in and I don't have to worry about it
through the gybe.
I don't know how people manage without
a clip - they must be much cleverer than me. But no
matter how clever they are I'm sure they would find
a good clip to be very beneficial with only a couple
of very minor drawbacks – so why wouldn’t you use one?
I've tried several clip arrangements and
the best I've come up with is a modified Lewmar Nab
Shackle attached to the crotch of my harness.
clip is prevented from twisting so that if I always
put the mainsheet into the clip the same way then I
know which side to grab (ie the side going to the cleat
rather than the take-away).
The clip is fitted on my harness below
the trap hook so that it does not get catch when I hook-on.
The clip is held firmly so that it can
pivot but not twist - that way I can clip & unclip
the sheet with one hand - the only time I do this during
sailing is when I capsize.
I take a Lewmar Nab Shackle and cut off
most of the eye at the end then drill across the remaining
legs of the eye to produce two small holes - which I
then use to attach it to my harness with thin rope.
See attached pics.
When you are using a clip is important that your mainsheet
take-away is near the base of the mainsheet
tower, rather than at the back of the boat - or
you will trip up on the mainsheet.
I think the only down-sides of a good
1. It takes a little practice to prevent getting caught
up in the mainsheet - mostly during tacks.
2. Very occasionally you still get caught up in it.
3. When you capsize & recover it's something else
to do (that’s the only significant drawback, but it
saves so many capsizes……).
The benefits are numerous - basically
it makes sailing much easier - more reliable - and you
can do things that you can’t do without a clip so it
is faster around the racecourse too ...
... I echo Ian's comments. I have mine on elastic
to give a git of give should I stand on the tail of
the mainsheet or capsize. The downside of that is that
it needs two hands to release the mainsheet during a
capsize - another incentive not to do it ...
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