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Join Date: Nov 2008
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Re: my boat dances on a ball
My H-260 dances around the anchor like a stripper on a pole. So did my Mac-25 before her. it annoys me to no end but I have no way of stopping it since i have no real backstay to hank on a riding sail. Good news is its anchored in front of my house and therefor not in any danger of hurting itself or another boat.
A riding sail does not need to be set on a back-stay. Take a look at Post #2 in this thread. A small Banner Bay Fin-Delta Riding Sail needs only a topping lift or halyard to set and will solve you problems. If you have a Bimini, a small spreader bar made of plastic pipe can be set up between the after guys and chafing gear wrapped around the guys where they might come in contact with the Bimini. On a boat the size of yours, you could likely use an old jib from something like a JY or Lido, picked up at a used sail dealer, set free flying and you'd be in business.
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