Originally Posted by Sailormann
Minor performance factor. You need to weigh the potentially increased speed against the pleasure of getting cracked across the ankles three or four times a year.
I've been toying with these ideas myself as the deck and mast hardware is already in place for a staysail, but I doubt if I will ever bother with the big expense and genoa tacking aggravation.
Besides the ankle cracking or being knocked overboard for that matter there is the issue of the boom possibly blocking the forward hatch. I don't remember the details but on some forum a few years ago there was a horror story about someone getting trapped in the forward cabin by a fire with the staysail boom cleated over the hatch. Rare as these worst case scenarios may be...... just more stuff to think about.