Foot Block Addition
I mounted a single foot block with integral clutch on top of
the existing turning blocks on each side. The blocks are made by
(OEM supplier to Catalina) and they matched perfectly.
The bottom plate of the original blocks was gooped solid.
The bottom plate of the new block becomes the top plate of the old block.
The top block will be used for two things:
Normal Use: The preventer lines will run to these blocks on
Spinnaker Use: The spinnaker guys will run through these
blocks. Clutches will be used to preset the pole during gybes and to hold it
while lines are being switched on the primary winches.
I still have to figure out a preventer of sorts while flying
the spinnaker. Most of the time we do not use a preventer during spinnaker
runs. But there are times when we need it - may be this is when I shall rig
an end-boom offshore preventer (definitely not a near-term project).