Re: [j4x-owners-group] J 42 Inner Forestay
- Bill-That's an excellent idea. Trying to change sails on the bow from one storm sail to a smaller one would only be done in very bad weather. Any measure that allows crew to stay off the bow in those conditions is worth considering.Regards,Shane
From: "Bill Bowers" <wfb01983@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2011 9:47:05 PM
Subject: Re: [j4x-owners-group] J 42 Inner Forestay
Awesome narrative! Thanks.
I recall Lyn and Larry Pardey on Serrafyn had a set of deep reef cringles in their crosscut staysl to allow reefing to storm size. I think they also rig a downhaul line from the staysail head to a block at the tack and back to the mast.
To reef, a second tack downhaul allows you to stay off the foredeck. Dump the halliard, snug the head downhaul, move the sheets to the reef clew, cleat the reef tack downhaul, release the head downhaul, and hoist. Lazy storm sheets allow the whole reef from the cockpit.
Nice to not have to change staysails in the crunch.
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On Dec 22, 2011, at 1:03 PM, shearwater@... wrote:
> forestay for 4 days. I don't know the sail's size, but one of my crew members is a former sailmaker, and he thought it was about 200 square feet. The boat handled very well and we moved at 5-7 knots, with
- I use a synthetic Dynedux inner stay with soft-hanks for a storm jib
size sail (soft-hanks from Coligio) on my J/37. The sail stays in a
bag on the foredeck with its own sheets. For us (Mom and pop crew), I
just can't see changing headsails in the conditions that would require
it. Since we don't carry extra headsails onboard, the staysail is also
a backup. Only used it in vain once.
The stay has a large oversized snap shackle at its base so it can be
easily brought back. The under deck is tied to a forward small
bulkhead with spectra.