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Stay and tack adjustment

HI there
Here's my stupid question for this month
I have a full keel 15' pocket cruiser Danica 16
It's a trailer sailor
I'm wondering if it's big deal to attach the forestay and the jib/genoa tack to the same point?
Provided of course that it's sturdy enough(it is)
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Re: Stay and tack adjustment

Got a picture? The forestay tang and the tack point are often part of the same fitting - but usually they are adjacent holes.
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Re: Stay and tack adjustment

The previous owner installed an anchor roller where the forestay fitting used to be.
And then drilled 2 holes in one side (offset an inch or so to starboard) for the forestay and the foresail tack. I wanted to center it again and to do so I installed a half circle SS fitting slightly forward of both holes. for both to attach to

The tack of my foresail currently attaches to an approximently 12" long length of wire bringing it up off the deck. This seems to be normal with Danicas and might have to do with the cabin height.
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Re: Stay and tack adjustment

here's another photo with a bit more bow
The curved SS tube is for the forward light
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Re: Stay and tack adjustment

Are you thinking of attaching the forestay to the top of the bale? I don't think that's a great idea.. it would tend to slide back and forth with loading. If you're sure the bale is strong enough you might want to weld an eye in the middle for the stay tang. If the bale elongates, though, your rig tension will not be stable.
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Re: Stay and tack adjustment

well at least now I know what it's called
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Maybe I'll just go back to the off center arrangement. I could see the sail not setting as well on one tack though.
I think the "bale" would be strong but I too was wondering about the wandering back and forth deal. a couple of beads welded on the bottom a 1/4" apart could work
Perhaps I'll take it back though.
Maybe I'll see if I can swage up a pair of short lengths of wire , attach them to both sides and attach the forsestay to both instead

Which begs my original question
Does it really matter if they're both attached to the same point ?
(keeping in mind the 12" of wire on the foresail tack)
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Re: Stay and tack adjustment

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Which begs my original question
Does it really matter if they're both attached to the same point ?
(keeping in mind the 12" of wire on the foresail tack)
Probably not!
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Re: Stay and tack adjustment

Personally, if the anchor is able to be set and retrieved with that bale there, then tack welding it or maybe a slightly taller one would work for the for stay and make it such that the stay would be centered. THEN, you could still attach the tack wire to one of the holes below and to one side. This slight out of wack would not hurt your pointing on a given tack. as the wire would go to center at the true tack.

Then again, not sure having a for-stay or tack off to one side would screw you up toooo bad, as many cruisers and SH/DH racers have two sizes of jib/genoa's furled to the bow, along with many times a furling A-sail to use from the cockpit. If they are using an offset luff, then it can not be tooo bad of a thing to do.

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