Santana 2023C
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1996 Santana 2023 C Sailboat
Paul and Robin Germain

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Extra shroud plate.
The extra stainless steel chain plate is for the second lower shroud I added to our Santana 2023C. I had the plates and their backings cut with a laser so they would be exactly like the originals. However, I wouldn't be surprised if you can find them from Rig Rite or some other place. Incredibly, having them cut by laser only cost $125 for all four pieces. This included the holes and all.

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Extra shroud.
The additional lower shroud is thicker, stronger, and more secure than the original ball tip connection that is attached to the spreader of the Santana 2023C. I am using both at once because the original setup may have been designed to help to keep the spreader arm from moving upward.

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Extra shackle for furler attachment.
I had to replace the original stay that runs through the furler sleeve because the end piece bent due to lack of free movement at the connection point shown. Relacing the stay was a major process due to having to take apart the entire furler. To prevent this from happening again, I added an additional shackle to provide more freedom of rotation and movement for the end of the stay. This will prevent the furler connection from bending when the furler sleeve is secured against the Santana 2023C mast for trailering.

Another view of additional Shroud Plate

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Jib cam cleat and winch - port side.
I repositioned these to make it easy to set the sheets from the rear of the cockpit in order to allow me to maintain control of the tiller. Also, the cam cleats are positioned to allow the jib sheets to be angled and handled well in front of guests sitting near the cabin entrance/bulkhead. This greatly reduces interference and "confusion of the jib sheets" around guests and crew.

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Jib cam cleat and winch - starboard side.
I moved the jib and cam cleat on both sides of the boat so as to allow for much more comfortable and practical sheeting. The red cam cleat at top of photo is for the main sail halyard.

Main Halyard Cam Cleat

The black bracket holding the cam cleat on the mast is made by Harken just for this purpose. The winch holder is placed high enough on the mast to prevent the jib sheets from becoming snagged when tacking.

Funnel to Prevent Jib Sheet Snagging

I cut slots on both sides of a large heavy duty funnel and also cut off the spout. A single Velco strap connects the funnel to the mast directly over the boom pin that the crank attaches to. This quick and easy set up has eliminated the problem of the jib sheets getting caught on the boom pin when tacking. The sheets simply slide off the funnel.

Jib Ball Tie

I keep a ball tie permanently attached to both the jib and main sheet grommets. This makes it very easy to secure the sails when they are rolled up.

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Large main sheet fiddle blocks.
I know I went way overboard with the size of the main sheet blocks for our Santana 2023 C. However, I love to be able to control the sails with a high quality, thick diameter main sheet. It makes for much more comfortable sail handling. My wife especially likes it because it takes very little effort to pull and release the sheets in a strong wind. You may have noticed that we left one of the pulley wheels unused. We can run the sheet through it if needed for very strong winds. Also, the cam block has a built in ratchet to make the process even easier.

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Main sheet tackle.
The main sheet block is attached to the rear pulpit of our Santana 2023 C about midway up. This keeps it above the tiller to avoid tangles.

Deluxe Stern Rail

To the left of the built-in ladder, there is a horizontal portion of the rail about 2/3 of the way up. There is a loop welded onto this bar. The loop is where I attach the main sheet. This setup keeps the main sheet and tackle well above the tiller.

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Mast crane
I purchased the crane and mast head from Rig Rite. They make all the original spars and accessories used by Schock. Note: I just heard that Schock also had Performance Catamarans of Santa Ana, California make the spars and accessories.

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Mast crane.

Furler Cam
This makes rolling the jib in much easier. I positioned the cam on the vertical stanchion directly to the starboard side of the cabin entrance. I used an extra fiddle block I had on hand because it was easy to lash it to the stanchion. The lower block serves no purpose.

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Mast raising pole for support.
I use the mast raising pole to keep the furler drum parallel with the mast when trailering. It is very important to prevent a curve in the plastic furler sleeve, especially in warm weather. The sleeve will "remember" the curve.

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Rubber motor mount.
This rubber motor mat reduces the vibration of the motor.

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Shackle attachment for self raising.
This line with the snap shackle is the line I use for the mast raising system. The exact length of the line just happens to be as long as the mast. Therefore, I added a fairlead at the base of the mast to secure the line during sailing and trailering.

Inspiration for naming our boat "Rushing Wind - Acts 2:2"

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Santana 2023 C Modifications
Santana 2023C