Originally Posted by Nessus
I have no problem going forward. I wear a harness 100% of the time and never fail to tie off. I always set a system that will not allow me enough slack to pass over the stanchions.
I have hank-on foresails on my '73 33 footer and a ProFurl on my 41 footer cutter. The staysail remains hank-on.
I happen to agree with you about the better sail shape of hank-ons, and I also tend to cruise
as if racing
in that I like achieving in the top band of "potential performance" not only to obtain speed, but also because well-set sails last longer and a snappy tack is easier on crew and boat gear
You might consider, however, the benefits of a tape luff. It is arguably a good compromise in that you can have a well-cut No. 1 and can raise a No. 3, lower the No. 1 and still get the "throttle" of furling in case it goes to "number 4" weather
If you opt for hanks, consider a downhaul line (really thin Dyneema
with a Dacron tail is great for this) to the headboard down to a block near the tack. You can release the halyard
from the cockpit
, haul down rapidly and then cinch the sheets
more or less taut. It gives you breathing room or heaving to possibilities if you have to go below to sort gear
or get foulies on.
Having a cutter rig with a Yankee jib on the biggert steel
boat, however, furling forward made sense. Taming that large sail via hanks does not. The staysail, however, is all on deck
and I prefer to stay with hanks. I also prefer to make the staysail reefable, having noted that I can get to 7 knots SOG in 32 knots gusting 40 of wind
with just the staysail alone when the boat is lightly loaded.
I have tried on other boats furling (in mast) mains, but I hate the shape you get while liking the speed at which you can reduce the main. It's a good choice for cruising couples, but I am going to stick with "traditional" slab reefing and other sail control methods as I will have two other crew when cruising to handle the "head to wind" bits.