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N00B Q? Jib sheets and forestay

Okay. So i'm a noon to the whose scaling thing. My question is. How are job sheets handled in a dual stay setup (where you have a head and fore stay)?

I presume here that all headsails have a port and starboard sheet attached. How are the lines routed. For example, you're on a starboard tack. Does the opposite tack sheet go from the cockpit up the side of the boat around the forestay and back to the clew? Does this not lead to chafe where the rope passes the wire stay? Is there a device on the forestay to address this? Does this lead to a lot of rope flogging about on the foredeck ? Does dragging the headsail around the forestay while changing tack not risk damage to the sail as there would be chafe with the wire stay and also potentially from hanks on the foresstay if deployed?

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Re: N00B Q? Jib sheets and forestay

yes. just the same way a single jib goes around the mast. does it rub, Yes, it's OK , there is always something rubbing or chaffing on something on a sail boat
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Re: N00B Q? Jib sheets and forestay

I was on a Catalina 30 the other day and it had a 135 jib on it and there was tons of rubbing and chaffing going on via the shrouds as we changed tacks. We just let the sail fill naturally on the new side rather than trying to pull it through but you could see the wear and tear happening before your eyes...
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Re: N00B Q? Jib sheets and forestay

Technically i think 135 is a genoa? And this from a newb!

Is there any system that alleviates or minimizes the risk to the sails?

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Re: N00B Q? Jib sheets and forestay

it is not a big deal, as long as there is not anything that will catch or cut the sail. The sails are quite tough and slide off of the mast or inner stay with out much wear. you are worrying about something that you can not do anything about and it is the way a sailboat works. go sailing and get more experience , you will see it is not a big deal. nothing that a lot of money can't fix. by the time the sail is worn out from chaff the sail will have been stretched out of shape many years before.
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