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The self-tacker is great when you’re tacking or gybing as it frees up a hand and gives you one less job on the boat at mark roundings.
However, being able to put the Weta hove-to can be really useful and provides a safe plaftform for on-water maintenace, rigging changes or just having a rest. But you can’t do so if you can’t secure the jib clew to windward.
All you need to do is to tie a line from the windward tramp edge close to the upright ama arm, to the jib clew and pull the clew to windward – then let out the mainsheet completely and jam the windwrd tiller extension under a toe strap or tie the gennaker sheet around it to keep the boat luffing into the wind. The Weta then becomes a very stable raft.
One way to ensure you always have a suitable rope to hand is to buy a longer jib sheet 10m long (the standard sheet is 7m long x 6mm). If you use crossover jib sheets for the self-tacker, tie one end to the webbing handles on the port side and after threading through the jib cleats and ST sheet block, tie the starboard side at the 8m mark on the either side. This will leave approx 2 metres extra which you can coil under the tramp in the lashings.
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