Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Faster & Genie beat me to it. Imagine putting this "storm jib" up on deck to hoist it. The wind will catch it, pull it down to leeward, and fill it as you try to hoist it. If you trim it in to keep it from flapping all over the place and beating the mast man with the flogging sheets, it will be next to impossible to hoist. It definitely sounds like a spinnaker staysail, especially if it's made of anything less than 6 oz cloth. Ours is pretty much as you describe, and of fairly light material, since it's only used on reaches or downwind. A storm jib should be made out of stuff about as heavy as your mainsail. If it is that tough, then hanks would be the right direction to go in. Otherwise, enjoy your staysail the way it is when the chute is up.