A number of D Zero owners have now made some changes to the ‘standard’ control line setup incorporating some neat ideas as well is increasing the amount of purchase available. Click on each picture to see a larger version with more detail.
Please Note: Making some of these modifications may affect your warranty. If you have any concerns please speak to Suntouched Sailboats prior to making them. The class association cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage caused as a result of modifications made to your boat.
16:1 Kicker – GBR 142
Primary is 5mm vectran in the top two falls (1 line does both falls). The more sharp eyes amongst you may also notice a plate under the deck cleat. The aim is to have continuous line which runs up and down the top of the footstrap on bungee take up so that can easily be reached from side deck and not end up with pile of rope in the bottom of the boat. Lets just say it is a work in progress!
16:1 Kicker – GBR 119
A slightly different 16:1 kicker setup here using 2 ‘primary’ lines.
Some D-Zero owners find the 8:1 standard kicker setup just does not have enough grunt for them but they find that 16:1 is too powerful. So a nice compromise is 12:1 as shown below.
With the detailed ‘How to’ video here:
Control line ‘tidies’ – GBR119
The control line retainers/tidies. An alternative solution to tying them to the toe strap fittings/daggerboard shock cord. Using some small nylon thimbles to keep them apart. More of a pimp than a bimble some might say.
Alternative Traveller Setup – GBR66
An alternative traveller setup is shown here from GBR66.
Tensioning end shown here. This has been modified so the steel ring is closer to the hull to allow for full traveller movement:
Non-tensioning end show here, note the use of nylon bobbles:
Finally the all important central ring:
Control line handles – GBR119
Control line handles. These are trapeze handles. You could use the traditional ‘handle’ style ones but these look much more ‘pimp’ and work well according to the boat owner.
Course board and bottle holder – GBR111
GBR111 has a rather nice bottle storage/course board and bits bag in it. This is available from Butler Boats (click here). You need to order the one for the early FRP Streaker size. If you say it is for a D-Zero they should know what you are after. Simply attach it to the bulkhead using heavy duty velcro (as the class rules do not allow you to pierce the hull).
Alternative Halyard Storage on the Boom
To prevent wash through and potential loss of the mast chocks it is no longer recommended to store the halyard under the shock cord that holds the chocks in. 1 solution is a piece of shock cord on the mast. The other, as shown below, is to store it on the boom.
Boom end block alternative to the Harken tie on
A few D-Zero owners have noticed that the tie on boom end block does tend to wear through the tie on rope quite quickly so some have changed this for a block with a stainless loop. This works very well as a replacement.