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Re: Catalina 22 sail on Capri 22

The Capri 22 (designed in 1984) is a fractional rigged boat manufactured by Catalina as a racer/cruiser. The forestay does not go to the stop of the mast, but only 3/4 - 7/8 of the way. Sailboats with fractional rigs usually have a bendable mast and an adjustable backstay which allows one to bend the mast, thus flattening and depowering the mainsail.

The Catalina 22 (designed in 1969) is a masthead rig designed as a trailerable cruiser. The forestay/headstay goes to the top of the mast. The mast is rigid and the backstay is not adjustable.

A boat may be rigged with a mast from another boat. Sails can be interchangeable and flown on a number of different boats, as the dimensions allow. However, a mainsail from a masthead rig will likely be cut differently from a mainsail from a fractional rig and may not be as efficient or adjustable.

On this boat, the owner may simply be flying a sail from a different boat, or the mast may have been switched. Does the forestay go to the top of the mast or only 3/4 or 7/8ths of the way? You could also haul a measuring tape up the mast with the jib or main halyard and note the distances to determine whether this is an original mast.

Last edited by jameswilson29; 06-24-2013 at 09:34 AM.
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