This post will have limited applicability as my rig is vastly different than most.
I fly this nylon drifter (blue) either down low on the wire forestay or (in combination with the working jib) up high at the masthead (see pic).
There is no outer forestay. I just hank (bronze) the drifter to the fall of an Amsteel halyard
. I belay (with no mechanical advantage) the halyard
while the mainsail
is luffing. There is no backstay so when the mainsail
fills, the peak halyard (the one that lifts the aft end of the gaff) bends the mast
a touch and keeps the outer forestay reasonably tight. Works fine for light air.
This drifter is only 180 sq. feet. I suppose I larger sail would be unmanageable using this "hanked to the fall of a halyard" technique.
My sail maker says that the bronze hanks work fine on synthetic stays as long as the hanks are never used on wire as the wire will roughen the surface of the hank. I am breaking the rule
and will replace the Amsteel halyard (about $120) as needed.