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Mystery clevis pin

Discussion in 'Islander' started by nestorph, Oct 21, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. nestorph


    Joined Dec 22, 2012
    100 posts, 0 likes
    Islander 30 Bahama
    US Keyport
    I have an Islander 30 Bahama that I purchased a couple of years ago. Recently I started to wonder about the purpose of a clevis pin that is located at the clew end of the boom. I posted a picture with some colored arrows. The blue arrow points to the clevis pin in question. My original thought that it was there to attach the topping lift (like I had in a previous Islander 28) but in the case of this boat, the topping lift it attached to a line (green arrow) that goes forward and ends at a cam cleat so that I can adjust the topping lift height from there. The outhaul wire (red arrow) comes around a sheave in the center of the boom (it's just below my mystery clevis pin) and attaches to the mainsail clew.
    Any thoughts on the what the pin is intended for?

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  2. Ron20324


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    5,623 posts, 368 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    The pin looks like the topping lift position, as they are usually on center. Maybe a later mod changed to what you have now? Does your main reefing have two positions, and one was where your TL is now?

  3. JimInPB


    Joined Aug 22, 2017
    174 posts, 22 likes
    Hunter 212 & 170
    us Florida West Palm Beach
    The thing you now use for your topping lift was probably originally intended to be part of a reefing system, but also can act as a conveniently adjustable place to put your topping lift. The blue arrow probably indicates the original topping lift connection point.

    That's my guess

  4. nestorph


    Joined Dec 22, 2012
    100 posts, 0 likes
    Islander 30 Bahama
    US Keyport
    Good points. I installed a single line reef (red striped line on the port side), so didn't think about the fact that a two-line reef would use the sheave used by the topping lift. Thanks. I believe the mystery is solved!

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