I've been thinking recently along the lines of installing a removable Solent Stay. I'm interested in doing this for all the usual reasons including getting some hank-on sails I have into action without fitting them for, or loading them on and off of, my furler unit. So, in that vein, I've worked out a few things:
-Gibbs "T-Ball" mast fitting w/eye.
-Folding padeyes for deck fittings.
-various fittings for below deck tension support.
And finally! -Antal "low friction rings" for what, (lacking better words for what I've seen in some diagrams on-line!), I'm calling a "cascading tensioner system".
So, anyway while I was going over these things in my head I hit on this. See photos.
Believe me, I realize, this may be proof that I have to much fee time, (and am quite possibly crazy!), but...........
What if the "Antal Ring cascade tensioner" were inverted, so that the final purchase, (the bitter end), of the tensioner was directed up, and fitted with a snap shackle, to became the tack-point of the jib?
Therefore, the loose tensioner and stay can be pulled foreword and, with another snap shackle, attached to the deck mounted padeye. Then the jib tack can be snap shackled to the end/tack-point of the system and hanked on the stay, (obviously this could also be done ahead of time). Finally, when the jib is raised and luff tensioned, the pull on the tack will tension the Solent Stay!!!
Admittedly, the power and length of the cascade might have to be experimented with to get the proper ratio of stay tension to luff tension, as well as tack height above deck.
Also what might be possible would be to install some kind of stopper in the last line of the tensioner(as shown),to limit stay tension and allow for separate luff tensioning.
So, what do you think?
P.S. If you feel the urge to roll your eyes, or giggle uncontrollably, I won't hold it against you.
P.S. If it hasn't been done before, and it works, I'm claiming and naming it.
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