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Re: Riding Sail

Here is a photo.

The sail is tacked to the stern rail with two short pieces of 3/8" line; one to the top of the stern rail to port and one to the outboard motor bracket on the rail to starboard. It is hoisted on the main halyard. The clew sheet is run forward to the staysail lead block then back to the port side cabin top winch. There are two jib hanks on the sail; one at the head and one at the tack. They are clipped to the backstay. Tacking the sail to the stern rail solves some interference problems with the HF antenna lead-in wire and its standoffs that run along the lower part of the backstay and takes some load off the backstay.

I bought the sail new from a Florida sailmaker on ebay. It was cheaper than I could buy the cloth. It is triple stitched zigzag, taped on all three edges, reinforced at all three corners, and with webbing loops at all three corners.

The real hero here is the software that does the graphing. It allows objective evaluation of the sail's performance. It's NavMonPC by Paul Elliott and Dirk Lison.

Bill Murdoch
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