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post #3 of Old 05-27-2003
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self tacking solutions

The previous response was excellent. You can get some ideas from most cutter-rigged boats in your marina. Island Packets all have self-tacking staysails. My own cutter has a cabin-mounted traveler and a boom that is attached to the midstay. The mainsheet is led back to an aft-mounted winch. I can see that this would be a nice option for a single-handed sloop. Doing this with a furling headsail would require an investment in some hardware. But Island Packets have furling staysails so you know it can be done.
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