1. all the points from estarzinger above.
2. a repeat because it apparently went by un-noticed first time: too much pressure onto the spreaders can lead to rig failure. This probably means loosing your mast
. Do not touch more than just the spreader tips!!!
3. besides the boom vang
, use your traveler. I see many yachts keeping it in the mid position no matter what. You should use the traveler and only when it doesn't allow enough positioning use the sheet.
4. chafe patches: I think Dashew was the first to start with UHMW on sails. The product to search Google
for is "UHMW tape", not sheet. You can stitch the stuff. When you have full battens: put it on the batten pockets too, where they meet the shrouds. Also, think about where the spreaders are when you reef!!!
5. aft-swept spreaders: we have these too, at 30 (!!) degrees. Not to save money
, but because our sails would not be able to pass a backstay when tacking or jibing. Also, I think a backstay is much cheaper than all the extra strength and engineering needed for eliminating it. "Cheap" boats always have backstays
(is that true?)
Anyway, with our boat, you just don't sail a dead run with main or mizzen up. With 15 knots of wind
we could do a dead run with just our main symmetric spinnaker
up but normally we gybe downwind on broad reach tacks. Even though we sail more distance that way, it's quicker.
6. a tip for wrapping spreader-tips: Buy a length of 1.5" diameter sanitation hose, one foot for every spreader tip. Cut it into the one foot pieces and next cut it open length-wise in a straight cut. Wrap it around the spreader tip and you will find that the hose is mostly "closed" on the spreader but automatically bends all the way open where it wraps around the tip and shrouds. I use small line to tie it in place because tape is gone too soon. I never found a better system.