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If it's within your budget, consider roller furling for the staysail. We were confirmed believers in hank-on staysails but have changed our minds. We've discovered, a good many times, we needed to fly the staysail but didn't want to go up on the foredeck at night in rough seas.
When we get back from this cruise it's probably our next boat project.
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If it's within your budget, consider roller furling for the staysail. We were confirmed believers in hank-on staysails but have changed our minds. We've discovered, a good many times, we needed to fly the staysail but didn't want to go up on the foredeck at night in rough seas.
When we get back from this cruise it's probably our next boat project.
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Sam and Ginger
s/v Grace PSC34
currently in Marsh Harbour, Abacos
Being able to disconnect the staysail stay makes it nice when river sailing, as discussed before.
I get around the problem you described by always having the staysail raised, there seems no good reason not to have it up, I then roll up the genoa if seas build.
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A couple related questions for those that have a hanked on staysail . . .

1. Have you rigged a down-haul with the line led back to the cockpit?
2. Can you reef your staysail, and if so, do you actually use that capability (or would you switch to a storm jib instead)?
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A couple related questions for those that have a hanked on staysail . . .

1. Have you rigged a down-haul with the line led back to the cockpit?
2. Can you reef your staysail, and if so, do you actually use that capability (or would you switch to a storm jib instead)?
1. Nope, I don't see the need.
2. Yes, I've never done it, I have storm sails and if I had to go forward I would most likely just drop the staysail and replace with the storm jib. The worst conditions I've sailed in is 25+knots, and was able to sail under double
reef main and staysail only, at close to hull speed. If gale force winds were predicted I would put up storm sails and probably heave to. If I never get to use my storm sails, I'll be happy

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