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rockhound91 08-15-2008 07:48 PM

Forestay stowage
 
As a longtime (and fascinated) lurker, I'm finally introducing myself and imultaneously seeking advice! Since I frequently sail singlehanded on Lake Champlain, I'd like to simplify the cutter rig on our Passport. The problem is finding a way to safely stow the forestay on deck so it's out of the way, yet easily reattached. As a temporary measure it's hooked to a shroud chainplate and taped to the shroud.

The permanent stowage has to be forward of the mast so it doesn't foul the spreaders, but the forestay is 15 or 18 inches too long. Our rigger has suggested that we take up the slack by passing the shroud through an SS radius - imagine a section of bicycle rim - then tautly anchor the fitting to a thrubolted shackle. This seems okay conceptually, but a little Goldbergian. It seems as though this would be a common problem so I'm wondering if there's a simpler solution we're not imagining. Comments, advice, brainwaves are all welcome! Thank you, John.

sailingdog 08-15-2008 08:41 PM

Rockhound-

That is typically the way inner forestays or solent stays are stored to prevent them from kinking.

rockhound91 08-15-2008 10:07 PM

Really? If it's the regular solution, does that mean there is off-the-shelf hardware? Any idea where I might go to find the radius pieces? Thanks, sailingdog.

TradewindSailing 08-15-2008 10:12 PM

Riggingonly check #16 on that page

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sailingdog 08-15-2008 11:30 PM

Yup...that's the beastie... :)

rockhound91 08-16-2008 09:58 AM

Wow! That's perfect. Many thanks for the info and link.


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