My pointy old boat and I have done about 50k offshore
miles with a furling genoa
and a removable inner forestay with a couple hank on sails
. I've raised the 90% jib
a number of times over the years and the storm jib
As time passes I find that I am far more reluctant to go hang out on the foredeck. The genoa
has been taking more of a beating than necessary because of that lazy/safety decision.
I am considering replacing the removable stay with a second furling
. My problem is that there is minimal separation between the two. I have about a foot space at deck
level and eight inches up top. The rigger who helped put it together back in the early days insisted that with my heavy mast
I could get away without runners. The inner forestay attaches 18" below the masthead, with a very heavy wrap around plate and about a dozen fasteners.
So will this work? Adding runners and moving the deck
attachment aft would be just about impossible with all the cruising gear
that is piled all over the boat (dinghy in front and solar
aft). It looks to me like there should be space, and by slacking the leward genoa sheet when sailing the staysail, as I do now, there shouldn't be a chafe issue. I realize it means no more short tacking on the genny, but I'll have to live with that.
Any educated opinions will be gladly appreciated.