Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Pulleys for adjustable outhaul
I apologize to experienced racers and others for whom what I will write now will look like discovering hot water, but maybe there are some others like me out there, who don't know about things that have a potential to make their windsurfing life easier.
The miracle of adjustable outhaul I discovered two seasons ago. At first, it was annoying that all this ropes get in the way of my back hand on the boom. But, I immediately recognized that adjustable outhaul in many cases can save you from going out and re-trim your sail. When the wind goes up or down, one movement of your hand can make a difference between comfortable sailing and being under or overpowered.
Before my last session on Košljun, island Pag, I was introduced to the solution: portable sail pulleys! This little things you mount in the clew hole on your sail. The ropes on your boom can stay there; no need for disassembling the adjustable outhaul. When you rig the sail, you just put them around the pulley and that's it!
Perfect. And how on earth I didn't know this before? And why someone didn't tell me? Amazing.
To prevent this mistake in other cases, I am revealing the pulley secret to everyone who will read this. :-)
Thanks to Boris Plečaš from SurfJam for providing couple of Chinook sail pulleys quickly.