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Upgrading the deck gear on your boat can seriously enhance your sailing pleasure. Once you’ve sailed a boat set up with low-friction blocks, good rope clutches and jammers, and genoa-sheet cars that are quick and easy to adjust, it’s hard to go back to the creaky, friction-riddled 30- or 40-year-old deck gear that so many older boats are still saddled with.We had always planned to replace
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13. Four days, and the job is finished. The low-profile deck hatches replace the heavy (and leaky) originals and let light and air into the belowdesks spaces.

One of my best decisions was to have a helper document the placement of the original fittings before we removed them. His sketch was a tremendous help when the time came to install the new gear. For example, we were able to see at a glance that the tracks for the genoa-sheet blocks went inside the chainplates. In retrospect, we should have taken photos, too; you think you’ll remember where everything goes, but you often don't.

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