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Old 28-09-2012, 08:25   #1
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Any ideas anyone?

My Barbican 33 is a bit undercanvassed up to force 5. I'd like more power. It is a non standard Barbican 33 in that it has a bow sprit added. I don't have any pictures of her under sail but the fore sail is small and cut high, the stay sail is on a boom and is also quite small. The stay sail is difficult to put up in a sea so my initial thoughts are to get rid of the boom and buy a larger staysail, put it on a roller reef and bring two sheets back to the cockpit. Alternatively get rid of the staysail and staysail rigging and put up a big foresail, although someone said that the staysail rigging is supporting the mast.

Food for though would be most welcome.
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Old 28-09-2012, 08:45   #2
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My boat came similarly equipped, cutter rig with a small staysail on a boom and high cut jib (called a Yankee over here). Not very good performance in light air.

Adding a 130% genoa but keeping the club footed (boom) staysail. Will use the 130 for my primary sail on roller furling/reefing and keep the yankee for heavy weather.

Not sure how much benefit you would derive from a larger staysail. My main use for the staysail is to add just a little more sail area in very light airs or for quick easy sail reduction when the wind picks up by dropping the jib and running under main and staysail.
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skipmac - can you pull the 130% genoa through the slot between the foresail rigging and the staysail rigging, if so about what width have you got there?
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Have not yet installed the 130 but don't anticipate serious problems. In stronger winds the 130 should blow throw the gap on its own. Light air can be a problem but then you can easily and safely go forward and walk it through.

Also planning to make the staysail stay removable for those times when I may be doing a lot of tacking.

I think I've got about 3 meters gap between the staysail stay and the fore stay.
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