On the cutter
rigged Ingrid 38 that we just purchased, I am still trying to figure out some of the rigging
. I have had a cutter
before and I really like the cutter rig. (Interesting though is the very short bow sprit).
I feel that the inner fore stay or baby stay is far too loose, but the p/o did not seem to think so. There is probably two inches of slack in the inner fore stay even when flying the (club footed) jib
. Is this fore stay supposed to be reasonable tensioned (snug but not tight) to remove the slack? There is no type of a "quick" tensioner on it. The inner fore stay is mounted at the height of the upper spreaders.
Additionally, there are two lower "running backstays" as the p/o called them.
They are mounted at the height of the upper set of spreaders as well. They are tensioned by a set of blocks and line at the lower end of each of them and attached with snap shackles for quick release from the deck
Are these running backstays
absolutely necessary to offset the pull of the jib
on the inner fore stay? In order to tack, the lee running backstay must be removed from the pad eye and secured forward of the main boom. This seems very inefficient at best. If you try to tack or jibe without removing the running backstay, the boom will hit the backstay and not swing further. This seems like it could place the boat in a dangerous situation in the right circumstances.
Any thoughts or suggestions on this?
(I hope I made a little sense in this post)