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boat sails at anchor
If your going to go the sail route,check out what I did.
One day a friend of mine blew apart his kevlar main and gave it to me.
I cut off the last five feet of the head from luff to leach.I used the head because it was the strongest part of the sail.I sewed in a cringle at the new tack and clew.
I have a backstay flag hallyard so I secure the tack at the hallyard cleat on the backstay and hoist the The clew on up and tie off the hallyard at the cleat on the backstay.I then sheet off the head of the sail to the goosneck area of the mast.This all works preety darn good but I think that when you make your cut at the head, cut it so that you can hoist the head up the backstay sheeting the clew at the mast. This will give you a high aspect ratio which will work even better than the low aspect that I have.
You can also sheet of on the shrouds and change the angle of the boat to the seas or wakes so you take them on the bow or use a hallyard winch to tension the sail for a blow. The head of the sail is very strong allowing it to except alot of tension.You''ll need it in alot of wind.
My boat is on a mooring and I have been using this sail now for five years and it has lasted through many gales and even hurricanes,never failing.