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Old 08-08-2011, 13:56   #1
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Staysail Rigging

Have a 30 foot Friendship Sloop that I recently accquired. Have never had a staysail boat before. Does anyone have pitcures of how it should be ridded?
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Old 08-08-2011, 14:09   #2
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Re: Staysail Rigging

Does it have separate sheets to a track or deck fitting like a Jib or use a Club?? If it's a club, it's set up like a mainsail with the club either going to a deck fitting or the turnbuckle for the gooseneck. Sheeting can either be just a block on a single deck fitting, two or more deck fitting and blocks, or a track or horse athwartship in front of the mast. May be other ingenious ways to set the sail.

Suggest you inventory the gear, lay it out on the lawn and see if you can figure it out.

Highly suggest you ditch the boom, if it has one, in favor of sheeting it like a jib. The booms are a physical hazard and in the way when working the foredeck. Their self tending ability is greatly overrated.
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Re: Staysail Rigging

Is this Friendship "sloop" actually rigged as a cutter and the staysail is the second headsail set parallel to and behind the the jib on the forestay. I suspect this is the case and you have a stay running from a deck plate to more than 3/4 up the mast upon which this staysail is hanked and lifted by it's own halyard. Often there will be a club foot spar to which the clew of the sail is attached at the aft end. The sheet to trim this sail would lead from the clew or from the end of the club foot. Give us more information if needed or a photo.
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Re: Staysail Rigging

The staysail stay was fixed down to the gammon iron.
Staysail club boom gooseneck to base of stay.
Club controlled by a single 2 part purchase with lower block self tending on a deck horse .
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