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    Posted: 08 Apr 21 at 2:34pm
So I watched a You Tube video last night. It featured a lady showing off her new Merlin, probably at the dinghy show. I have never seen so much string in all my life. Admittedly I am a Laser sailor, and so am bereft of a jib, spinnaker, trapezes, standing rigging et al.
But I am blown away by the complexity of modern 2 man boats.
I would be really happy if someone gave a list of all the strings, and what they do.
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On My Phantom which is only a single hander I have
Forestay, lowers, downhaul/Cunningham, outhaul, Kicker all on each side and continuous.
yet to be fitted is flattener
Plus centreboard up and down also to both sides and continuous.
Merlin would also have shroud adjustment, jib cunningham and barber haulers on both jib and spinnaker plus i am sure a few more would be my guess.

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And a Merlin may have one string raking (which probably involves about a dozen strings but you only get to pull one if them...).
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Have a look at at a modern 5o5 for a string-fest  Wink
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Originally posted by Chris_H

Have a look at at a modern 5o5 for a string-fest  Wink

Accept the challenge - what do all the strings do?
I'm genuinely curious.
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Merlin? They need a load of string to hold them together.. really old boat class, used mainly by drunkards.
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Ignoring sheets, halyards and rudder up/down, i.e. anything that might be led to the thwart or side decks :-

Kicker

Cunningham

Outhaul

Inhaul

Centreboard (up)

Centreboard (down)

Rig tension

Mast rake (forward)

Mast rake (back)

Barber hauler (jib port)

Barber hauler (jib starboard)

Barber hauler (kite port

Barber hauler (kite starboard)

Traveller port

Traveller starboard

Pole out (x 2?)

Pole downhaul (x 2?)






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I saw one once, on a Merlin, very clever, one bit of string raked the mast adjusting the forestay and the shrouds and something else, lower mast ram maybe.

Every year for ten years I'd go to the dinghy show and test myself on the 505 stand to see if I knew what they all did. Even then I never got the difference between Downhaul and Cunningham.

Then I decided, length and number of string is just a penile substitute and in all probability the longer the string the smaller the dick(s).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark Aged 42 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Apr 21 at 8:56am
I have the occaissional brain overload when rounding up in the Laser - steer, board down, sheet in, kicker on, outhaul on and cunningham on. Some have adjustable toe straps.
But add into the mix kite down, jib barber hauler, jib sheet, mast rake, traveller, clip onto trapeze for some and the rest, surely you are halfway up the beat before its all sorted! 
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Originally posted by Mark Aged 42

I have the occaissional brain overload when rounding up in the Laser - steer, board down, sheet in, kicker on, outhaul on and cunningham on. Some have adjustable toe straps.
But add into the mix kite down, jib barber hauler, jib sheet, mast rake, traveller, clip onto trapeze for some and the rest, surely you are halfway up the beat before its all sorted! 
The crew generally does all that other stuff. Thats why they are often unsung heroes...  Clap
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