Originally Posted by coolboat30
Can I have self-tacking without a boom?
Why is having self-tacking so important?
This is not directly to the point but, I used to work on a big schooner and we tacked four jibs when under full sail. (I know: more hands, more time, more room.)
Yes, you can have self-tacking without a boom. Leaving the existing staysail traveler in place, you can re-cut the sail by shortening the foot and replace the single-grommet clew with a clewboard
We did that on Beausoleil and it works great (for our purposes at least). The previous owner added roller furlers to the head
stay and inner stay, and never did anything about the staysail boom. There's a reason a Formosa
51 has a staysail, and she wouldn't sail upwind worth a hoot without it.
After talking to our sailmaker
in Stuart, FL), we sold the old staysail and had a new one made with a 5-point clewboard. We now can point higher than before (as high as 45-50 degrees apparent) and get better drive due to the slot effect between the jib, staysail and main. All without a 10' pole swinging around...
We made up for the loss in sail area in the staysail by going from a 90% jib to 100%, and increasing the roach of the main and mizzen (doable with full battens). She sails
like a different boat now.