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post #6 of Old 11-17-2003
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cal 34 - double headsail modification

Two points here, first of all in his original post tgeorgeson is talking about adding a bowsprit and moving the headstay to the end of the bowsprit and then having the jibstay run to the bow fitting. (Please read his post) This does not permit a removeable jibstay because you never want the primary support for the mast to be tacked to the end of a bowsprit.

The other part of this is that I strongly disagree that "a removeable inner forestay is an effective sail plan for a storm jib" on a boat of this size and sail plan configuration. With this rig and hull form the CE for the storm jib needs to remain quite far forward in order to avoid massive and perhaps uncontrollable weather helm. Also whatever else happens, in the kinds of conditions that would require a storm jib the forestay will need to be stripped of its headsail because a boat like the Cal 34 will take knockdowns off of the windage of the rolled up sail alone. At that point he is much better off using a strapped on storm jib than trying to rig a jibstay.

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