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Old 11-08-2013
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Re: Sailing a Cutter

On my cutter my staysail head stay is on a pelican hook . But we only remove it when tacking the drifter . Tacking isn't really a problem ,and I have my sheets tied on . I think this winter it will make a good project to splice them on . Every boat handles different, here is how mine likes to be reefed first reef the main if more is needed reef or get rid of the staysail last reef the head sail . I know that goes against what OP have said here . We only use main and staysail combo when motor sailing . Also if your HC 38 doesn't like to tack you can always just furl in the head sail , tack and then unfurl . I do that when I'm single handing . Good luck with finding a HC , maybe I'll see you around .
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