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The picture and description below show a revised Matilda 20 mainsheet
arrangement I have recently installed on "Fair Dinkum". The objective
was a simpler mainsheet arrangement, freeing
up cockpit space and improving access to the outboard.
distance between back posts and cut appropriate length of
OD stainless steel tubing (approx 18½ inches
long in my case).
a tee to each end of this
- Have all setscrews
facing in the same direction - for added security, I removed the 2 setscrews
that secured each tee to the new tubing, drilled them out and replaced them
with stainless steel bolts.
- Unbolt the bases of
the inner stern-rail posts.
- Loosen the setscrew on
the tee connects on both posts - this will allow you to swing the posts
away from the stern and slide bases off.
- Make backplates,
using the bases as a template for hole
positions. I used ½" thick oak blocks approx 3" x 4"
the new assembly up back post with the tee setscrews facing into the cockpit
( easier to adjust, if needed, when the boat is in the water)
- Reposition bases
bedding onto marine sealant. Re-bolt with new bolts long enough to go through
stern and your backing material. I
- Attach block and cleat
unit at the centre of the new tubing using a rail mount bracket. Two of the
four holes of my block base matched up perfectly, although I did change the
two bolts provided with the bracket to stainless steel flatheads to allow
block base to swivel. I then drilled two more corresponding holes
directly through the tubing and used used flathead screws again to secure.
and tighten upper post tees in a position that will allow the new assembly
to slide up the posts freely.
- I marked the posts
with tape at the lowest point the assembly can go with out interfering with
I can't stress enough the
need to add backing plates when doing this to help withstand the extra strain
imposed. My rail used to have a slight wobble and the backing plates have
certainly stiffened the whole rail system so that i'm going to add similar
backing plates to the pulpit bases as well.
Please note that the 60
tees at the top of each post are for a separate project to make mount a solar
panel holder that can be easily added or removed - a great design I got from the
Trailer Sailor newsletter.
Matilda 20 "Fair Dinkum"
Last updated 26 February, 2007 - © Matilda Owners Association.