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TDW - lived in Manly for 12 years (2,000 shops and nothing to buy...) Your P42 is probably rigged like our P50. Removable inner stay for the staysail and a roller furling genoa. Our staysail has tracks on port and stb foredeck for sheets which lead back to winches -we tack it like a jib, but as posted above it can be sheeted in fairly flat with both sheets fastened; worst case is it's a bit backwinded as you come through the tack prior to releasing the now windward sheet. We have recut our 130 Genoa to have a raised foot and higher clew - not a yankee but not a deck sweeping genoa either.
Unless we are in weather requiring the staysail the stay is released and secured to a padeye at the lowers. However, when not underway, it is fastened forward as the PO left it in the holder sleeve - where it rubbed and wore itself smooth from working up and down.
Looked at a boom for self tending but - as you and others have noted - it is more of an obstacle than an aid. Also - I tried to lay out the geometry for a self tending, non boomed track and couldn't get it to give me a good sail shape with the angles.
Hope this is of some value - cheers.
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