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Old 06-26-2013
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Removable Forestay

We have a removable forestay (at the deck, not aloft) for our staysail. When we are sailing with the Yankee up it drags around the forestay, chaffing the staysail and the Yankee when tacking. Coming east out of St. Thomas we were beating in 20 to 30 knots, short tacking up the Sir Francis Drake Channel (the beat to St Martin was pretty gruesome as well) and we had to spend a couple of hundred bucks on repairs in St Martin.
Obviously, it would be a lot easier on all the gear if I released the forestay and stowed the staysail, stay and furler some how at the mast. When I bought the boat there were three small holes in the deck where the PO had it lashed to the shrouds and the end had chaffed the deck.
Has anyone any suggestions as to how I can stow this clear of the Yankee and keep it from chaffing the deck or the spreaders, for that matter. It is 3/8" 7X19, somewhat flexible, but certainly not enough to tie it in knots. It's about 3' of excess when it is released and brought aft to the shrouds.
About 90% of our sailing is in 20 to 30 knots of wind (33k sustained for an hour yesterday between The Saints and Dominica) beating, so this is an ongoing problem.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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