We offer two types of outhaul elastic/inhaul bungees. The first is a normal elastic and clip designed to pull the clew of the sail back to a fixed point (normally the cleat on top of the boom). The second is our new ‘double puller’ elastic – this unique design is amazingly effective – one part of the elastic pulls the clew of the sail inboard, whilst the other part of the elastic attaches to an anodized aluminium toggle by the floating outhaul block and pulls the control line back through the blocks/fairlead/cleat.
Double Puller Elastic
Our unique implementation of the ‘double puller’ outhaul elastic/inhaul bungee uses an elastic with stitched/whipped loops at each end, and a toggle/dog bone that is spliced into the primary line assembly just behind the floating block. This provides a very easy way of rigging this type of outhaul elastic, avoiding having to tie the elastic onto the boom cleat and outhaul block when rigging. Our outhaul systems and primary lines are available with this toggle as an option. Team GBR sailor Michael Beckett has been trying it out and here is what he as to say about it:
“The reality of most Laser outhaul systems is that they don’t work – they are heavy to pull on upwind and then don’t ease off downwind in light winds. There are countless places to attach the two ends of the bungee ‘inhaul’, however you choose to attach the bungee it is essential that it doesn’t distort the foot of the sail on either tack.
One very smart solution with the outhaul bungee is to have one end attached at the cleat on the upper side of the boom, have the bungee loop around the bottom of the boom, go through the clew-eye and (here’s the clever bit) attach to the block at the forward end of the primary line. That all sounds complicated – but what it adds up to is having the bungee not only pulling the sail clew forwards but also slackening off the outhaul rope at the same time. What makes this so effective is that for every inch of outhaul you pull on, it stretches the elastic by about an inch and a half, so the tension increases exponentially. This treats both issues mentioned at the beginning – the outhaul is easier to pull on and will release more effectively. The only tricky part about this is that you have to attach the outhaul primary, secondary and bungee ends all onto one small 18mm block. I have been really impressed by the solution Southeast Sailboats produced to solve this – a small toggle spliced into the primary line that the end of bungee loops over. All in all it is a smart solution to make sailing a Laser that little bit more satisfying, enjoyable and effective”