In approximately 1994, ARAMIS's sail-plan and running rigging where changed.
This page deals with the changes. For a full specification of the current sail-plan see sails.
The photo right, taken in the mid seventies, shows ARAMIS's original sail-plan.
There is a modestly sized hand-hanked jib that has a high cut foot to give good visibility.
It is not clear whether there was the option of a larger foresail. The conditions in the photo certainly do not look like they warrant reducing sail although there might be a roll taken in the foresail
The non-battened mail-sail furls on to the boom and can be roller reefed (see boom).
The sail-plan today exhibits a fully battened main with slab reefing and furling into lazy-jacks and an on-boom sail bag.
The 130% genoa is roller furled and roller reefed.
The photo, above right, shows both sails on their first reefs with about 16 knots of breeze, gusting to 20 knots. If there had been no gusts, we would normally just reduce the foresail and keep a full main.
In these conditions with the wind on the beam we would expect slightly in excess of 6 knots boat speed.
The original sail-plan circa 1975
The current sail-plan - shown reefed
The original jib sheeting arrangement - through the car, around the winch and onto a cleat.
Originally, the jib sheets pass directly through the lead cars and then on to the winches.
In the mid 1990s, when the jib was replaced by a furling genoa, turning blocks were added for the sheets.
The pad-eyes for the blocks go through the deck where a stainless steel plate ensures that loads are transferred into the frame structure around the cockpit.
When we purchased the vessel, there was a cam-cleat on the cockpit coaming such that the winch could be tailed more or less single-handed.
In 2005, we replaced the winches with Andersen self-tailers and the Tufnol
blocks with Garhauer stainless steel items.
By 1994, a turning blocks had been added to facilitate use of the larger foresail.
Cam-cleats had been added for easier single-handed operation
The self-tailing arrangement in use today
The photo pre-dates the deck and coach roof resturation.
The car shown in the photo has now been replaced with one that has some swivel.
The halyard arrangements for both sails have also changed over the years.
The photos on the right show how originally, the halyards went straight form the winches on to wooden cleats.
When we purchased the vessel, the wooden cleats had been replaced with aluminium ones and mast-base turning blocks had been added. The blocks were mounted on brackets close to the boot.
These brackets where subject to some uncomfortable turning moments and the mounting holes had been plugged many times, as we found out after a de-masting in 2007 (see mast replacement).
The photo (far right) shows the current arrangement.
We have added cheek blocks on the base of the mast and stainless steel winches and cleats on both sides.
The upper large cleat is for the topping lift. There is a wide-angle release cam-cleat on the topping lift
just out of shot.
There is also now a clutch on the main-sheet mounted on a bracket to ensure alignment between the mast-head halyard block and the mast-base cheek block.
As well as facilitating single handed hoists, the clutch allows the winch to be unloaded should it be required for tightening the mainsail first reef.
Note that normally the halyard does not pass round the winch as shown in the photo. It exits the turning block on to the winch and is then belayed on to the lower cleat.
Click on either image for a side-by-side comparison