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Re: Sailing dinghy w/o headsail
thanks, @handsomebob - I agree that tacking single-handed isn't a big deal, as the main is pretty well taken care of. Jibing gets a bit more complicated.
thanks also @deltaten, you're right, it's just a dink. I like the pulley idea. I saved myself the paltry 2.49 with my loop tied in my halyard!
The other thing about my low hanging boom, is that it's imperative the head of the mainsail is all the way to the top. In my experience, a bowline often has too much length of knot, and doesn't allow the head to get all the way up, thus resulting in a lower boom. Many shackles are also 3" or so long and result in the same issue. It seems it's blasphemy, but I've found that a round-turn-and-two-hitches works the best here, to raise the mail as high as it can go. A very secure knot and still easy to untie. Again, this is a dink, but let's not introduce bad habits, huh?