For thirty years the Etchells class has enjoyed solid and steady growth with
over fifty active fleets worldwide. Etchells sailors are enthusiastic and
loyal supporters of their boat and class association. The Etchells is a big,
fast, simple, stable, and sleek racing sloop that can be sailed competitively
and in comfort by three or four average sailors.
It can tack in 70 degrees
and has a low wetted surface hull form that keeps moving in the slightest
breeze. In 20+ knots it absolutely flies. The strict one-design principle
of the class was established from the outset and is controlled by a strong,
established and well-administered class association. Control of construction
by the class association and the ISAF ensures quality and uniformity. It's
trailerable, easy to maintain and light enough to dry sail; and Etchells hold
exceptional resale value.
The controls for the mainsheet system are systematically led to the center
of the cockpit. The mainsheet system, itself, is controlled through a swivel
block that leads up towards the boom then to a 3:1 purchase in the back
of the boat.
The stern mounted traveler controls run under the deck, which allows
a less cluttered deck. The traveler controls then run to a center control
that is easily
accessible by the driver.
The gross-trim allows the trimmer to sheet in quickly, while the fine-tune
permits micro adjustments when the wind is up and the loads are high. The
lead car adjustment helps shape the sail under load. Both gross-trim and
lead car systems are under deck to keep the working area clean.
Mast Fine Tune
Control of the mast position allows the Etchells to be a highly competitive
boat that requries constant attention to sail trim and mast position. Moving
the mast fore and aft adjusts the center of effort on the main sail, allowing
for many combinations of sail shape.
Etchells Sailboat Parts and Equipment
We at Layline strive to be your source for Etchells Sailboat Parts and Equipment and all sailboat hardware, rigging, and sailing gear. With our focus on one design and handicap racing we can offer advice and reviews of what you need to compete. If you need any assistance selecting the appropriate Etchells Sailboat Parts and Equipment
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