So, with all the talk about removable inner forestays, and a little extra time on my hands, I started thinking about modifying the rig on my boat a little (and to a certain extant questioning my sanity).
My boat has a keel-stepped masthead rig with two sets of swept spreaders. It also has a running babystay, in the sense that the bottom of the stay ends in a 4-part tackle with the tail led back to a cabintop winch
. There is a snap shackle on the tackle which attaches to a solid padeye on the foredeck, backed up belowdecks by the bulkhead between the v-berth and forepeak. The babystay lands on the mast
some 3-4 feet above the bottom spreaders.
Now. Some 5-6 feet farther up, about 2/3 of the way up the mast
, is where the spin pole topping lift
exits. Less that a foot above that is where the running backstays
attach. FWIW, I rarely use the runners or babystay unless in heavy chop. The babystay in particular I believe is more of a sail-shaping device than a mast support.
What I had in mind was moving the babystay termination up the mast to just above the topping lift
exit, so I could use it as a removable inner forestay and the topping lift as a halyard
for a hank-on staysail in higher winds. After all, the runners are right there, and the head
of the double-reefed main ends up right around the upper spreaders, another 5 feet or so higher.
Am I crazy? Or *really* crazy?