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Re: PSC 37 How many have done away with staysail?
One of our few regrets on the boat is that we didn't put a furler on the staysail. We use it often, and when the wind pipes up we use it almost exclusively if beating to weather. The only issue is who's going to get wet and tossed around when going forward to rig the sail.
We have a yankee on the forestay so tacking is rarely a problem. The downside to the yankee is that the clew's too high off the deck. We also use a pole - a lot - when sailing downwind and like to rig a third sheet for the pole (check Evans Starzinger's solution at bethandevans.com). With a high clew on the yankee I end up having to stand on the mast pulpits to reach the clew. Causes consternation with the admiral when we're in any sort of weather.
If you have problems dragging a foresail across the staysail forestay you might try either a continuous line sheet (we attach the yankee sheet with a Brummel splice) or a soft shackle. Either option eliminates the bit of sail aft of the clew that tends to hang on the stay.