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post #20 of Old 07-13-2012
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Re: Rigging up an A-sail

I designed a 3' aluminum retractable sprit that uses the existing stay sail car and track on the inboard end. The outboard end slides through a stainless collar pinned to the stem fitting using the same pin as the forestay. I have a block on the end of the pole that swivels on the centerline of the pole to avoid any torquing of the pole. I used one of my old guys for the tack line so it is long enough to douse the sail into the companionway just by blowing the tackline from the cockpit. The sail is relatively small (code 4) but still plenty powerful. It was cut a bit short on the hoist to allow for a sock or furling but I haven't got either yet. I launch it out of a racing style box bag clipped to the lifelines. We use it whenever the wind is right for it. It is very effective in lighter breeze where the genoa just isn't quick enough. I haven't used it in strong breeze much because the headsail can get us to hull speed easily.

1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig

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