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Old 16-12-2013, 07:48   #31
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Re: Solent Rig?

Originally Posted by nigel1 View Post
This is the setup I have, which I thought was a slutter rig

If the breeze is enough, the genny can be tacked through ther gap between the two stays, in light airs I have to leg it forward and help the genny through.
Advantage is no need for flying backstays. In strong winds, I use the staysail with a reefed main, and if upwind, I need to rig the staysail sheets inside the shrouds.
Downwind, I can fly both, usually with the genoa poled out to windward.
If you had shown me this picture and answered the original question with "this is an example of a cutter rigged sloop", I would have bought it since this is a sloop and the headsail stays are not parallel and there is room to tack the forward most headsail through the fore triangle without having to furl it.

But "slutter" is a lot easier to say.

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