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Old 07-13-2001
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clubfooted staysail

We have a club boom on our staysail and would like to remove it. Other than making the sail self-tacking, can we simply take the boom off? What else needs to be done?
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Old 07-14-2001
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You would need to install jib sheet lead blocks and tracks, and make port and starboard sheets, and, depending on the size of the boat add port and starboard jib sheet winches and make sure that you have a proper lead to the winches. It is not really very easy to make a club or boomless staysail that is self-tacking. That requires a properly placed athwartship track that typcially is constructed on a ''bridge'' just forward of the mast. It also greatly restricts the size and shape of the staysail to something smaller than your present staysail on a club. All in all I would actually think that a self tackinging boomless (or clubless) staysail is the most complex of the three options and the one that is hardest to make work right.

Good luck in what ever you do.
Jeff
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clubfooted staysail

We remove the club boom from the staysail on our Westsail 32 and installed a curved athwartship track with sheet car. With this configuration you only need one sheet and the sail will self tack. If you add a double block, depending on the size of your boat you may not need a winch. We also installed roller furling on the staysail and the whole rig works a treat.
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