Originally Posted by bobnlesley
Perhaps when you were preparing for your second ocean crossing
, you'd be refitting your furler so that you could stay safely esconced in the cockpit
, rather than be heading up the side-deck during dark and squally night's when you're 1000 miles from land?
This thought might be boat-size related. When we had our 5 ton Rawson
30, I was so happy for the furling
jib because neither my husband nor I wanted to be on the foredeck in weather. It always seemed an unwise place to be on that boat in weather. Now that we've got a 30 ton schooner (54' on deck
69' overall) we have hanked on jib and staysail and think it's not so bad going forward to deal with the sails during weather. The foredeck has nice tall bulwarks and overall OK in weather. Yes, it might be a bit wetter up there.
There are other ways to reduce your risk besides a furler: We do not have to go out on the 11' bowsprit
to bring down the hanked on jib, we just bring it down with a downhaul into the netting. We can decide to leave it there (it's not going anywhere if we keep the sheet tight) further tie it into the net or bag it on the stay depending on conditions. Bowsprits are sometimes not where you want to be working, this is true. We sometimes rig a tricing line to the jib--this runs up the stay to the midpoint of the hanked on sail luff, through a ring there, back to the clew, around the other side of the sail back to the ring, etc. The point is that you can depower the jib by pulling the tricing line and the sail ends up bundled against the stay. This can be done from the cockpit if one wanted it--though our tricing line is rigged and managed at the pinrack on the starboard shrouds on the foredeck. Once the sail is depowered, the sail's downhaul can be used to turn the hanked on sail into a tiny bundle at the tip of the bowsprit that won't catch wind
Our staysail is boomed and tends to be in use no matter the conditions--full gale, etc. We do have to adjust the halyard
tension as the winds increase and take some slack out of the jackline on the lower 1/3 of that sail. Typically in the low 30-some knots range and then again over 40 knots an adjustment means going to the foredeck to crank a bit on the halyard winch
Having the other parallel stay allows us (if we wanted) to rig a storm staysail and just leave it sitting there at the ready. The boomed staysail could be dropped and the stormstaysail raised instead. We have not done that since even in gales (steady winds in the mid-40's and gusts into the mid-50's) our boomed staysail does fine in terms of size and strength.
Keeping both parallel stays with proper tension is difficult. Even stays that are in line/not parallel are hard to keep properly tensioned unless you're using running stays/running backstays/babystays, etc. When running our jib and staysail typically one or the other is a little loose unless we work with our running backstays
and running bobstay (jib is only thing on bowsprit so the bobstay tensions it) to tighten up the jib while the fractionally rigged staysail is kept tight. Our foremast is stiff, the mainmast somewhat bendy so it works but can be...interesting. The spare forestay is fairly loose unless the boomed staysail is not in use.
A solent stay makes a lot of sense if the foredeck is laid out such that it can be employed. That means no dingy in the way, etc. A boat with a bowsprit has jib and staysail separated much as a solent stay is from a stem-head mounted jib. Depending on the CG of the solent sail location, it will provide more (or less) utility to the rig for use in heavy weather. That's pretty individual to each boat.