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Is anybody know how does selftracking staysail work with headsail?
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Before Paloma, I had a full keel cutter with a self-tending staysail. When tacking, you do exactly what you would do if the you had to tack both sails. You let out quite a bit of halyard on your headsail so it's whipping about, tack, then pull the hedsail through the slot between the headstay and the staysail stay.

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I believe he means that you let out the sheets, not the halyards... You generally don't muck with halyards much when sailing a boat, much less when tacking one.
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Before Paloma, I had a full keel cutter with a self-tending staysail. When tacking, you do exactly what you would do if the you had to tack both sails. You let out quite a bit of halyard on your headsail so it's whipping about, tack, then pull the hedsail through the slot between the headstay and the staysail stay.

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Mikey,

I would'nt normally use my staysail in conjunction with my headsail when closehauled as the two normally interfere with each other. therefore tacking with them both is not really an issue.

I found this article pretty useful when I first started using my staysail.

http://www.quantumsails.no/upload/So...e_and_trim.pdf

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