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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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I finally got an anchor sail. It's a beauty. I've been flying it for the past few days and it really diminishes the amount of sailing-at-anchor that we do.
What do you use to attach your anchor sail to your backstay?
There is no need to fasten a riding sail to your backstay. Attach the center of a tack line to the tack with a cowhitch and then secure the ends to your stern quarters, attach the head to your spare main halyard and the clew to a "sheet" carried to a fair lead padeye near the mast base. If the tack lines need to clear a bimini, you can make a "spreader" above the bimini with a piece of PVC or light aluminum tubing. We found our riding sail seemed to work best when it was biased to one side or other of the stern and one of the best commercially made riding sails is known as a "Fin Delta" which has two "wings" that angle away from the centerline to each stern quarter.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."