We were discussing the other day about Mizzen Stays'ls. Well I pulled my sail out and hoisted it up the Mizzen. I didn't have it flyign from the best positions as there was nothign on deck
to attach to. So I took a line to the base of the main mast
and then tensioned the sail up with the forward halyard
on the mizzen mast
. The sail was too big and I marked out where I ruffly thought it should fly from an out with a pair of scissors and zapped the foot off to the height I wanted. I had not eye in the "new clew", so I tied a sheet around that corner tail. The only way I could then sheet the sail was to take the sheet to the rail and tie it. By the time I had finished, I didn't have a whole lot of sail and it was not in the best position and it wasn't flying very well. But did it give the boat some legs in the light air. I was quite frankly astounded at the increase. I even dropped the sail and then watched the speed drop, raised the sail and watch it increase. SO I got all excited and marked out where I wanted to fit a pad eye to the deck
and marked out on the sail the angle and shape it needs to be professionaly cut and sown to and hopefully I will have another gear
to the boat speed. Although it is simple to handle and hoist, it is not something I would want up for short sailing trips. It is going to be best suited for longer range trips, were we set and forget it.