14643Re: gaff rig running backstays
- Apr 2 6:22 PM--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "adventures_in_astrophotography"
>thank you Jon,excellent advice, I will do as you suggest
> Hi Chris,
> > with the freestanding mast would it be an idea
> > to have running backstays for when you are sailing down wind.
> > There tends to be a lot of pressure put on the mast with a gaff
> > when sailing down wind.
> > Has any one any ideas from actual sailing experience.
> I sail a 23'-6" Bolger Light Schooner with a gaff cat schooner rig.
> The sails are identical at 103 ft**2 each. Although I enjoy running
> her wing-and-wing ("read'n both pages"), I don't do this in much
> wind to avoid the possibility of an unplanned jibe, which could be
> dangerous and destructive. Perhaps more practice with jibing would
> ease my mind, but I'd be concerned that with a running backstay, the
> chance for damage to the rig would be greater if she suddenly jibed
> with the backstay set up. Certainly you would be at more risk of
> taking a swim in this situation, since the backstay might prevent
> the boom from going where it wants to and thus cause a knockdown.
> In any case, all the driving force of the sail is shared between the
> mast and the sheet regardless of the point of sail. Beating and
> reaching, some of this force heels the boat, but then crew and hull
> weight is countering the heel, so there's still considerable bending
> force on the mast on those points of sail as well. If your mast is
> designed to be unstayed, I would leave it that way and possibly beef
> it up before adding a backstay, unless I planned to use it only for
> keeping a jib luff tight when sailing upwind.
> Jon Kolb
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