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Location: Kittery, Maine
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I agree also that it might be a Hood Stream Stay with no wire headstay. I had one on my boat when I bought it, but your drum looks a little different.
If it is, there is a swivel at the top that attaches to the top of the mast. It allows the whole foil to rotate. These are prone to eventual failure (as mine almost did), because it there is a LOT of tension on that swivel.
The head of the sail would be attached to another swivel that rides up the foil, and your halyard attached to that.
I'd get up there and make sure that if there is a swivel attaching the foil to the mast, it is in good condition. Mine had separated by about a quarter inch, which was really scary. It also added friction, which made the sail hard to furl.
I took some photos of mine, but I can't seem to find them...
"Figment" 1978 Pearson 30 #1083
Last edited by ereuter; 09-18-2008 at 12:47 PM.