Originally Posted by FSMike
How do you attach the luff of a jib
"along the mast"?
Both arrangements are possible:
- free standing,
- along a stay hoisted between a fitting placed approx 1' in front of the mast foot with the opposite end hoisted by the original halyard
If you use the jib halyard
to hoist the stay, you must hoist a block at the top end too - to run the extra halyard for hoisting the jibs.
I think the free standing way lends itself to purpose made and especially nylon / light dacron (e.g. StormLite) sails.
The extra stay lends itself better to the case when existing jibs with hanks are available.
Note that the sails will be hoisted in front of spreaders and fore lowers.
This rig requires two spinnaker
poles too (but they are much shorter than the poles needed to pole out a stem attached jib well.