Originally Posted by sailingfool
My boat is configured for a removeable inner forestay soley for the the purpose of flying the storm jib, in combination with the third reef. The third reef is an alternative to the storm trysail.
A third reef in the main is nice but a storm trysail is made of heaver fabric and is usually in better shape because itís not used very often. A main on the other hand is your day to day sail and is well worn and is not made with the heavy fabric and reinforced corners that the trysail has. Also if something were to happen to the main the trysail is a convenient backup and its easer to use it with a jerry rig.
All the best,