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Staysail vs Mast Furling Main

What are the advantages of having a staysail in this case, besides it is in orange color?


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I don't understand what you are asking?

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Re: Staysail vs Mast Furling Main

Thanks, let me try again.

Sailing in an extreme weather with a sustained wind of 40 knots or higher, one can reef the furling main as small as one can. Will a storm sail (staysail) do better in this case and why.


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Re: Staysail vs Mast Furling Main

I think you mean 'Trysail'.... or Storm trysail..

Is suspect it will be much heavier cloth than your standard main, and the visibility factor is significant if you're ever in need of assistance.. a patch of white cloth against a foamy sea would be hard to spot.

Also less strain on your furling gear in extreme conditions, and deployable in the event the furler has failed or jammed.
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Re: Staysail vs Mast Furling Main

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Sailing in an extreme weather with a sustained wind of 40 knots or higher, one can reef the furling main as small as one can. Will a storm sail (staysail) do better in this case and why.
You probably mean a TRYSAIL, right?
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Re: Staysail vs Mast Furling Main

Ooops, my bad. I meant trysail storm sail on the mast.



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"storm trysail"
Sheesh, let's speak a common language here.

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Re: Staysail vs Mast Furling Main

Who is going to put that up in 40 knot winds, and shouldn't it be fastened in the boom and mast track? The way it is rigged would put a LOT of strain on the sheets? Nice color.
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Re: Staysail vs Mast Furling Main

Fast has pretty much answered the question ... strength.

I fully understand the principle of a storm trysail and the rigging thereof but one thing strikes me particularly with the OP's pic.... wouldn't you want a trysail to be rigged as low as possible ? Why have it that far up the mast ?

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