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    Posted: 15 Apr 13 at 9:52am
Hi there,

I've just bought an older RS200 (489) and want to pop a continuous kicker system on it and also wondered what other upgrades I should be looking at doing? Its already had the twin patch conversion. 

Does anyone have any pictures they could post or email showing the routing of the continuous kicker system once it gets back into the cockpit? I did find an old thread in which someone had posted pictures but the images have been deleted now, so any help much appreciated

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I've also just bought a 200. I've been trawling the web for cockpit photos that show the layout and had little success....

....anyway back to your continuous kicker. The 4th pic in this link shows the non-continuous arrangement.


The continuous arrangement obviously needs a loop of rope joined with a splice. The routing is the same except that the control line exits one cleat on the thwart, passes over the center board case and goes back down the opposite cleat. Mine passes through a small fairlead on the C/B case located in the gap between the ratchet block and the thwart, this keeps things tidy. I try and keep the splice positioned so it doesn't  go through blocks or cleats when used (along side the CB case) 

I ain't no expert on 200s though.



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Thanks for the pictures, some useful info in there.

Is it as simple as that, just splice the rope together. I was expecting there to be something nice including elastic and extra blocks on the edge of the cockpit to keep it tensioned :)

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Take the mainsheet cleat off, I'm sure you won't need it. Also run the mainsheet outside of the boom for less friction (make sure it's covered by a piece of material though).
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Dave

Its pretty much just a splice - you'll need a couple of rings to hold the loops out to the edge of the thwart so you can grab the rope and something to keep it getting it sucked into the mainsheet block (I just have a shockcord loop for it to run through).  The tricky bit is getting the rope the right length - it needs to be just long enough with the controls (I have continuous kicker and downhaul on mine) in the furthest "off" position.

Some other things that I found useful on my RS200
- get rid of the mainsheet cleat
- keep the forestay/jib tack area really neat to stop the kite catching (I use a small stainless D-link shackle - (see http://clubsailor.co.uk/wp/bimbles/rs200-bimbles/) and an elasticated forestay to keep that tight)

That's it - just get out and sail it.

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Our 200 is at home so i can try to take a photo of the setup we have later (assuming it isnt too dark when i get home).
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Originally posted by jharvey

Our 200 is at home so i can try to take a photo of the setup we have later (assuming it isnt too dark when i get home).

Sorry to highjack the thread but how do you hold the main tack down? I have the velcro strap around the mast. What stops this sliding up toward the downhaul eye?.....just a piece of string?.
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I havent had it very long (so dont take this as the best answer) but we dont use anything
Just slide the strap around the mast down a bit once everything is rigged and the friction keeps it there.
If its light winds with loose outhaul and no cunningham then i guess it isnt a problem since you dont want much luff tension.
If its windier and the outhaul is pulled on and some downhaul it seems to stay where you leave it (for me).
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tgruitt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 13 at 5:12pm
Originally posted by jharvey

I havent had it very long (so dont take this as the best answer) but we dont use anything
Just slide the strap around the mast down a bit once everything is rigged and the friction keeps it there.
If its light winds with loose outhaul and no cunningham then i guess it isnt a problem since you dont want much luff tension.
If its windier and the outhaul is pulled on and some downhaul it seems to stay where you leave it (for me).
 


Surely you have to have something for the main halyard to pull against as main halyard tension and cunningham do different things to the sail.
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Thanks for the tips guys, definitely pointed me in the right direction.

I'm looking forward to seeing the pics if you get home and its not dark :)

Thanks again

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