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post #2 of Old 05-08-2011
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Given your situation, if you've no intention of ever getting a headsail furler I'd convert all your sails to hanks, get rid of the tufluf, forget the extra stay and just use the sail that makes sense for the conditions.

The sails will be easier to manage shorthanded, and you'll avoid all the complications of adding a adequately supported chain plate for the stay, figuring out how to achieve good tension on the second stay (likely involving runners) and not least, the difficulty of tacking your larger sails around the inner stay (though that could be made easily removable...)

The boat wasn't really intended to run such a rig and I wonder if any gains at all would be worth the hassle of trying to do this right.

Just sayin.....

Ron

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