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boom height (Capri 18)

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  1. john6206

    john6206

    Joined Feb 19, 2008
    48 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina Capri 18
    US Ann Arbor, MI ann arbor
    Hi All -
    When I raise my sail all the way and the luff is taut, the gooseneck fitting falls in the widened part of the mast slot - where it can easily slip out.

    Is it supposed to end up above, or below?

    The manual says to insert it and "let it fall" implying that it should end up below - but then it says "do not cleat at this time."

    Thanks
     


  2. Joe

    Joe

    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    6,117 posts, 180 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Mission Bay, San Diego
    Sounds like you need a "mast gate" to cover the opening in the mast slot. If Catalina doesn't make one (try calling their parts dept/customer service www.catalinayachts.com) you can find them from third party vendors. Google search "sailboat mast gate Catalina 18"
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  3. canoe_cg

    canoe_cg

    Joined Aug 5, 2014
    4 posts, 8 likes
    Catalina Capri-18
    US Newport, WA Bayview, ID
    The gooseneck fitting on your boom needs to remain in the track for certain. My Catalina Capri 18 rigging has the boom just below the mast track access area and uses a track stop just before the mast track opening. I do not know about a mast gate feature that Joe mentions in the earlier response, but I guess it could be used after some modification to the mast.

    When I raise the mainsail to the highest level, the boom gooseneck slider raises to the track stop. I also use a boom kicker for better boom position control. Here is the best picture that I have to show my current rigging.

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    Happy sailing...
     


  4. Joe

    Joe

    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    6,117 posts, 180 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Mission Bay, San Diego
    re: canoe_cg comment. Here's the "track stop" he mentions.
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  5. kbgunn

    kbgunn

    Joined Sep 19, 2017
    15 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 22 Gen 2 WK
    US texas Lake Lewisville
    A boom tie-down tied to the gooseneck will secure the gooseneck car below the mast gate (the gate is the area where you insert the car and sail slugs into the track). The tie-down will also provide the opposing tension to the halyard pulling the head of the sail to the top of the mast. Without the downward tension of the tie-down, the luff would not be drawn very tight flattening the luff and moving the belly of the sail towards the mast when the wind picks up. The tie-down is the blue line connected to the gooseneck and cleated in the picture below.
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  6. john6206

    john6206

    Joined Feb 19, 2008
    48 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina Capri 18
    US Ann Arbor, MI ann arbor
    Thanks everyone,

    I do have one track stop. The manual seemed to imply that it goes under the boom, and the down haul provides the downward tension.

    I will keep the boom below the mast gate and hoist the sail up taught, it will likeLy be a couple inches below the top of the mast, but I don't know as that will matter.

    Hoping to get it wet this weekend!
     



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