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post #6 of Old 03-15-2015
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Re: Riding Sail

This past summer, I made a "block" part way up the backstay using a piece of rope and a knot similar to a prussic knot. The line that tightened it had a loop in it. I slid it up into position using 2 dock poles taped together for extra reach. I had it pre-strung with a halyard before doing so.

That setup worked really well. We have a cleat on the backstay 12" above head level, so that served to secure the halyard at the bottom. the halyard was tied into a big loop, so there was no way it could get unthreaded from the top loop.

When not in use, we kept the riding sail connected, but rolled-up and lashed to the backstay.

To raise, run the riding sail's "sheet" loosely to the winch on the mast. Un-lash the sail from the backstay. Loosen the halyard on the cleat, raise the halyard. Cleat firmly in place. Then tighten the "sheet" on the winch on the mast.


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