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Old Aug 14, 2012, 03:49 PM
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Jib Swivel Mounting

The actual distance back along the jib club for swivel attachment is most directly related to how much jib luff allowance is cut in the luff of your jib, and how much backstay and hence how much jib stay tension you carry. The proper use of a topping lift has eliminated all sorts of magical theories that used to circulate about where to fit the jib swivel. Without a topping lift, that distance had to be matched to the wind speed, and in the 70's skippers fitted easily movable attachment points. Now with the topping lift, a middle of the road position at 3 to 3.5" seems to set the boat up reasonably for controling jib stay tension, and using the topping lift to control jib twist solves the rest of the issue. Obsessing over whether 3" or 4" is the better measurement may be stealing time that one might better spend on the water practicing sailing the boat efficiently.
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