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Originally posted by iGRF

Even then I never got the difference between Downhaul and Cunningham.

Almost nothing. If the mainsail fits in a track on the boom then the clew is pinned at the inner end of the boom, and can't change position. So the downhaul function is provided by a second eye a few inches up from the clew.
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Originally posted by JimC

Originally posted by iGRF

Even then I never got the difference between Downhaul and Cunningham.

Almost nothing. If the mainsail fits in a track on the boom then the clew is pinned at the inner end of the boom, and can't change position. So the downhaul function is provided by a second eye a few inches up from the clew.


Briggs Cunningham was from the northern hemisphere. Not sure if Aussies and New Zealanders ever took to the name.
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5O5's will only have a cunningham, as do all dinghies I can think of.. As to the length of the string.. That is just down to not cutting it to the right length. A modern 5oh appears to have lots of string as most controls are double sided, due mainly to the width of the boat and being able to adjust the controls while hiking. The purpose of them all being one thing, keep the boat at optimum power for the crew weight as the wind increases. Listing what they all do here, as best I can remember in order of importance:
3 halyards, Main, jib, spinnaker sheets, guys, pole launchers, Kicker, forestay, shrouds, ram(strut) up and down, cunningham, jib cloth, board up/down, jib lead in/out, pole up.
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Never, but never, forget the snodger!
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Whats a "jib cloth" Mike Holt?
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The jib "cloth" is the halyard, for the sail, we don't have a downhaul/cunningham, that tack is fixed and we control the luff (cloth) via the halyard. It is built in to the forestay setup but we fine tune it. More as the wind builds!
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Natty  Thumbs Up. You're zip luffs aren't you, clever. 
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