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It was not possible to take advantage of the outhaul with the sail becoming a bit older, it was a missing feature. So after a bit of fighting with the boom, I was able to tear it down and see how it looked.

One of the challenge was to remove the end caps, I guess they haven’t been removed for a very long time, maybe never?

Hardware

On each end caps, I replaced the screws with 8 x ¼-20 x 1/2” SS Hex Head Bolts

The new system is composed of two ball-bearing Harken bullet blocks:

This has been a huge improvement on the sail control! You can see some pictures and references below.

Photos

References

https://www.catalinadirect.com/index.cfm/product/1139/boom-end-casting-c-28-c-30-c-34–c-36.cfm

Boom end: https://www.catalinadirect.com/index.cfm/product/1139/boom-end-casting-c-28-c-30-c-34–c-36.cfm

Ball bearing for boom ends: https://www.catalinadirect.com/index.cfm/product/11/masthead-sheave-ball-bearing-c-25-c-27-c-28-outhaul-c-28-c-30-c-34-c-36.cfm

Catalina 34 outhaul post: https://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,6301.msg40823.html#msg40823

Julandra reference: https://julandra.shutterfly.com/274#277

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