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Setting a trysail at anchor

1. Have you ever or do you often set a trysail/riding-sail at anchor on the main boom or mizzen to keep head-to-wind?

2. How/what hardware do you use to set it?
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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

A trysail at anchor? If I had to set a trysail at anchor I would abandon the boat!!!

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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

Just kidding...

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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

This guy posts here and he has a blog entry about a homemade riding sail:
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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

A tri sail is pretty far forward to help the boat windvane. It would help, but something hung from a backstay would help a lot more.

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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

I think you are confusing this with having a riding sail on the backstay. I guess you could use a trysail but it is pretty big for this usage.

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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

Just curious 'cause I'ma readin' Captains Courageous and Capt'n Disko flew a ridin'-sail for keepin' head-to-wind.

S'pose it maght wurk ona big boat.
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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

A riding sail is different from a trysail.

A trysail is a type of storm sail flown at the mast to give you enough forward motion to maintain control in very high winds.



A riding sail is a small sail flown off the backstay to keep you from swinging around at anchor.



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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

Is that also known as a flopper stopper? I have lines in a bag for that, but don't know what it's for.

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Re: Setting a trysail at anchor

I think a flopper-stopper goes in the water to stop the boat from rolling. Get one of those going along with a riding sail and it would be pretty comfy, as long as you did not have to make a speedy exit from the anchorage.

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