Originally Posted by estarzinger
We carried 3 sizes of stay sails
. . . A "max size" one, an ORC sized one, and a tiny one. We switched from max size to ORC at about 40 kts. This ability to fly exactly the right sail is one of two reasons we had hank on stay sails
and not roller furling
. The other reason is it allows the stay to be removable (brought back to the mast) which greatly improves tacking efficiency.
I believe ProFurl if not other mfgs. make a roller furler
that is actually detachable/removable. I looked into it at one point for my removable inner forestay but ultimately decided to stick with my hank-on storm staysail & (what I call) my 'storm jib' (probably more accurately called a tiny staysail as you suggest) that is deployed on this same inner forestay. Pros & cons of both but, like you, I like the option of different sizes of heavy weather
sails. Before going offshore
I always deploy the inner stay, partially hank the staysail on, and leave the rest of the sail in the bag securely lashed so it minimizes time spent forward should the staysail need to be deployed. If sailing inland waters with a favorable forecast
, I have the option of flying the 130% genoa
w/o the hassle of tacking it through a permanently attached inner forestay. So far it's all worked as advertised.
I have never tried using my staysail simultaneous with my 110% Yankee jib
as discussed in the thread linked above. I guess that would make the boat a 'double-headsailed sloop' according to some. Between the relatively forward position of the mast
, the heavier cloth & relatively small size of the staysail, along with my winch
configuration, it always seemed to me that the boat was designed more as a sloop
rig with good heavy weather
options vs. what is commonly referred to as a 'cutter.' I suppose I should try it one of these days and see if I pick up that 1/2 knot
people write about. My guess is that it's not as efficient as running the Yankee alone, at least with my rig configuration.