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Just how close can you sheet the headsail?
I was recently talking with a Formosa 46 owner who sailed her to Fiji and New Zeland and back to the West Coast by way of Easter Island. He was saying that he managed to make his boat perform much better to weather by adding a staysail stay, and sheeting the staysail inside the shrouds.
Currently on his boat, as on mine, the sheeting angle of the headsail is limited by our shrouds, which go to the edge of the hull. In my case 12'2" beam. I know racers often have shrounds in the middle of the side decks and even though they're in the way, the boat is supposed to be more weatherly because they can sheet in closer.
I plan on adding a soilent stay and a staysail to my boat as well before going off and was wondering about his idea of sheeting inside the shrouds. I strongly believe in keeping my side decks clear, so I was thinking of installing my track, or turning block to the deckhouse. My question though, is how close is too close for sheeting the headsail? I'm sure there would be a point where I was so close to the main that I was choking off the slot. How do I know how close is good, and how close is too much?
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