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I purchased a 30 footer in February which is equipped with what I think are two forestays. One of the forestays is equipped with a Shaefer Tuff Luff system. Given poor weather when I purchased boat I did not have opportunity to discuss much of the rigging with prior owner. In looking at sail inventory, it the genoa has hanks on it, which I would assume would be raised on the without the Tuff Luff. Is this assumption correct? As one might tell from reading this I am a novice here. Thanks for any input/advice.
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Since no-one has chimed in......When you say equipped with two forestays assume you mean one there are two forestays permanently attached? If so are they immediately adjacent to each other or is one further aft like a cutter stay? Is the Tuff Luff part of a roller furler system or a pure racing headfoil? It is common to see a roller furler on the headstay and a bare wire inner stay several feet further aft that takes hanked on staysails, although less so on 30 footers. Your assumption is correct - jibs with hanks go on bare stays, not on Tuff Luff type extrusions. You might measure the luff length of the headstay(s) if they are different and the jib - that will provide a clue. Years ago you''d see boats with two adjacent headstays. The theory was you could hank on two jibs and wing them both out for tradewinds running.

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The stays are directly adjacent to one another. I haven''t really gone through most of the sail inventory yet and have a feeling it will become obvious which sails intended to be used on which stays. I really have not been able to find much usefull information on this particular product. Thanks for your input.
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