As this plan has been evolving over the last couple of seasons the cumulative advice and observations I have made follow your suggestions. I have discussed this with a couple of riggers and looked at several boats. The I-28's I measurement is 36' 10". The solent stay will run parallel to the head stay and attached at the deck just aft of the anchor locker using the cross deck brace that exists there as part of its anchor system. This is about 50" aft of the head stay chain plate. It will put the mast tang about 12' below the tangs for the uppers. I will use wire for the solnet stay and synthetic for the runners. I expect that the runners will be at least 5' aft of the mast base. I will probably use a well supported pad eye and a set of blocks as you suggest. We live and sail in Maine and are looking north for our next long passage. Having a storm jib on a solent stay and a storm tri sail will be a comfort.
Thanks for considering my question.
Last edited by downeast450; 04-21-2011 at 10:30 PM.