Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Third Reef or Storm Sail?
We have a trysail that we have never used although on a few occasions (the last being Mauritius to South Africa we did have it on deck with slides in the track ready to hoist after attaching the clew. With a rigid vang, we cannot drop the boom to deck but don't think we will have a problem with securing the boom with vang, sheet and preventer. Our boom looks to be setup for trysail to attach there but the load does not look right to me so we would attach to stern corner and run permanent outhaul to large cockpit winch.
We have a Hood furling main and at times have had it hugely reefed (think eighth reef). Without this capability I imagine we would have used the trysail. This is particularly valuable with the Monitor vane which does not like much sail area aft of the mast when it is honking. Morley has steered quite successfully in more than 40 knots with a relatively large jib and tiny or even no main. It is all quite complicated because it is not just the sail configuration that needs to be considered, but also the boat and other equipment like self-steering.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).