Originally Posted by Jim Cate
but we found that getting the Highfield engaged and the wire all set and then hanking on the sail was often a handful in rough conditions.
I keep the staysail hanked on the stay, even when its brought back to the mast
. And I have a wichard rateching gadget on the bottom which makes tensioning pretty easy.
we keep the stay set and have the staysail hanked on and bagged before we leave the dock
The weight and windage of a furled staysail were on our minds, but that really only effects upwind work and honestly most live aboard cruising boats are already so crippled upwind (arches, solar panels
gens, Bimini's, etc) that the furled staysail is not such a significant addition. We worked hard to keep Hawk 'clean' and able to go upwind, so a furled staysail would be a noticeable influence on her.
Island has not mentioned it but two of the keys to the high modulus luff systems are (a) to be able to get decent luff tension, and (b) a decent path to run the double (loop) furling
lines back to the cockpit
. On some boats its easy to accomplish both of those and on others its a bit more work/cost.
The 3 solutions (hank on, foil furling
and high modulus luff furling) all work and just have various trade-offs and compromises. You can't realy go worng with any of them.