Downwind pole control lines-replacement
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Hello Dave. The lines for the ballooner have two specific peculiarities. First, they have a soft sheath on the outside which makes them easy and comfortable to use. Second, and most importantly, it is a fairly stretchy, by design, cordage.
Once while in La Rochelle conducting a sea trial in puffy wind, the alleged new Amel boat buyers were hard core racers who were very successful around the buoys and were now looking to expand their horizons. They wanted to sail around the world as fast as humanly possible. When the ballooner was set, they were annoyed that the clews would not stay exactly where they were set but moved a few inches as the puffs arrived. I explained to them what my Amel colleagues had told to me, these lines were the “shock absorbers” in the system. Much the same as a boxing glove taking much of the smack out of a punch, the stretchy lines took the pop out of the puffs and limited the shock loading of the fittings on the poles. They laughed this off.
They did not take the plunge and buy a new Amel boat during that occasion in La Rochelle. I did sell them a used one several years later and they changed the ballooner control lines to skinny ones that did not stretch at all. The only good things about that situation were that replacement female fittings on the end of the short poles were still available from the original OEM producer and they didn’t discard the original ballooner lines. Oh, and the skin on your hands grows back quickly.
All the best,
JOEL F. POTTER ~ CRUISING YACHT SPECIALIST, L.L.C.
The Experienced AMEL Guy
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From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of david bruce
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:25 AM
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Downwind pole contol lines-replacement
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Interesting story. I guess I had a suspicion but no actual knowledge that the stretch characteristics of those lines was relevant. It makes sense and all the more reason to try and replace like with like. I have reached out to Lancelin Cordage in France, and notice they are located close to La Rochelle, perhaps why Amel used their line? Haven’t heard back yet but I’m hopeful I can replicate a stock set of the lines, in the original colors.
Thanks again and best regards,