Where to begin, obviously im not well versed or experienced, need some help getting my first sail boat sorted out
I have some questions regarding the lines for my sails
1) How exactly is the main and jib halyard run? How do you all attach the lines to the sails? Like what specifically should I buy if you use a shackle or such or does anyone just tie the line right to the sail?
On the vang I believe its called, where the forestay attaches to the mast, I have a block/pulley there, I also have one at the top of the mast on the side, I gather one of these is used for the Jib halyard at the top, which one? Also, what would the other one be for?
2) Boom supporting line, I would like to run a line from the boom to the top of the mast to keep it supported with mainsail down, i have a couple of holes at the end of the boom I'm guessing one would go to, I also have a small shackle already on the boom from the previous owner, is that shackle in the right hole? What would I hook to the shackle? How would I attach it to the top of the mast? should I put an eyelet into the mast up there to hold this line?
3) Whats the pulley/block? on my front chaintplate? I gather the hook is for the jib attachment, is that for some kind of downhaul setup?
I have so many more questions but this will get it going for now! Thanks for any help... Also, I think i really need to get the trailer sailor book everyone refers to here, will that help me get my boat setup better? I don't really need a universal guide, I need an instruction manual for this particular boat LOL