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Originally Posted by jrd22 View Post
It makes the staysail self tacking, reduces the workload when coming about. I agree about them looking clunky and being in the way. On our new (to us) boat we will just be flying a standard staysail on a removeable inner forestay. What type of boat are you looking at?

She's a Passport 42.

I can't quite see why the boom makes it self tacking. Given that there is no overlap wouldn't it still be self tacking without the boom ? That's what confuses me.

Interestingly enough I've looked at other P42s advertised for sales in the US and Europe and they all appear to have a boomless staysail.


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