Ok i have a columbia
26 mk 2. It is a bermudian sloop
I noticed another halyard
that ran partway up the mast
in front. Initially after buying
the boat i thought it may have been for a spinnaker
, (i bought the boat with zero sailing experience) but then realized it was way too low for the chute and would cause the spinnaker
to get fouled in the forestay. There are also two tracks mounted on the foredeck. I had originally figured that they were for a small storm jib
or tighter turning.
Well today after doing lots of curious reading, i realize that this halyard
is for a staysail, and the tracks are for a staysail.
looks like the rvyc racing
team that used to own my boat had converted her into a slutter at one point.
The strange equation that kept me confused for so long was that there is no inner forestay on which to mount another sail. I do beleive there is a deck
mount for it, and although its pretty high up the mast
to see theres probably a place to attach one up there too.
There is no extra forestay on the boat that ive been able to find, and the boat came with extra everythings (6 sails
, downriggers, tools, cups, wood dowelling, life jackets you name it).
Given my limited experience sailing im in no rush to put up a staysail. The winds are downright nutty and 20+ kt winds are the order of the day rain or shine. Managing two sails
is enough, and the inner forestay would make tacking with the jib
a PIA, or impossible with the genoa
. I have a mylar blade for winter sailing that i havent used yet and two yankee jibs.
Im wondering what is entailed in setting it up. The forestay and backstay are pretty solid and permanent, i cant imagine an inner forestay that could foul a jib
during a tack or make a genoa
almost unuseable being permanent. Plus, theres obviously not one on there now.
Ive heard of soylent stays but ive not the foggiest clue if that is at all relevant.