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Re: Sailing dinghy w/o headsail
Ok, rigged boat up in the driveway today. I just wrapped the jib around the forestay, and secured it with a sail tie - easy! Also, I tied a loop into the jib halyard about 2 feet above where it gets cleated off when the jib is raised. With this loop, I can get more leverage on the halyard so that the luff is as tight as it can be - voila! I know there's a way to incorporate a block system for this purpose, but I'm not sure how to do that.
that is how I do it on my Snipe. I am a novice and tacking seems to work ok with only the main. I have started to single hand in light winds with both flying. I am sure to keep my feet under the hiking straps for puffs and have the jib sheet over my knee in in my lap.
With the jib rolled up if you decide to let it fly all you have to do is unfurl it while heading into the wind.