The original John Watkinson design for the Drascombe Lugger mainsheet:
- End of the sheet attached to an eye on the aft deck starboard of the mizzen
- Sheet runs up to a parrallel double block at the clew of the main
- Back down to a single block on the traveller back up to clew of the main
- Down to an upright singleblock on the aft deck port of the mizzen
- Sheet led forward through fairlead under traveller track to fairlead on base of tiller
- Cleat, if used, is further up on the tiller
On Ondine, we've converted the mainsheet to an arrangement I was already used to from our previous Wanderer, and seems common to aft-sheeted dinghies.
Essentially, we replaced the parallel double block on the clew with an inline double block, and replaced the single block on the traveller car with an inline double-block and becket. The fixing and upright block either side of the mizzen are redundant:
- The mainsheet runs from the becket on the traveller block
- Up through the top wheel of the clew block
- Down to the top wheel of the traveller block
- Back up to the lower wheel of the clew
- To the lower wheel of the traveller block
- Out to the helmsman's hand
We've been sailing with this setup in some, at times, quite boisterous conditions for over a year now, and haven't found any disadvantages to it.