DONE DEAL'S EQUIPMENT
Done Deal is a 1998 Catalina 380 Sailed on SF Bay
Mainsheet Cleat - Changed to Cam Cleat
This seems like a minor modification, but on a practical basis it is a huge improvement over the standard clam cleat (what a POS). To put the tensioned sheet in the cleat, while it is still attached to the winch, I just push down with my palms on the sheet just above and behind the cams. When we re-tension the line with the winch, the line pops out of the cleat. In an emergency the line can then be let-go from the winch with one movement, as opposed to releasing the line form the winch and opening a clutch. If the line is held by the cam cleat, a quick upward tug release the sheet.
The inboard cam and base had to be shaved down a touch for the outboard mounting screw to hit "meat."
Getting rid of the reefing lines left me two clutches open. But, I'm not sure that I like the mainsheets in clutches, in case we need to let out the main quickly. But I have put a bright red line on the traveler so that I can tell my novice crewmembers to "pull up on the red rope" if I need to spill some wind quickly.
As a compromise I have one side of the mainsheet in the cam cleat, and the other in a clutch.
Installation by Mason Yacht Services, Richmond CA (510) 714-2071 - Nick Mason