DeMarchand, Oceangirl: thanks for that input. I would use removable stays with running backstays
and they'd be out of the way when not in a blow. I like the idea of having the flexibility of using various sails
. And I too hope to have a hammock aboard once I reach warmer climes.
So far, I've sailed all around the San Juans and Bellingham to Port Townsend to Victoria BC etc. in all sorts of conditions, including one day last week when I was in 25-30 knots of wind
and wish I'd had the storm sails.
I am almost entirely convinced that the cutter conversion with removable stay is a great way to go, and won't cost much in hardware
expenses. The other big question I have is the headsail: I have two old, blown out genoas (120 and 130) on a roller furler
, and should really replace them. I really need a new genny and a new working jib
(100 to 110 percent) but cannot afford that outlay right now AND buy storm sails AND invest in some remedial stitching to get a few more years out of my very solid but very old fully-battened main. So, do I go with the working jib
on the head
stay, or bite that bullet too and buy a new genny on the furler
Thanks again, all. I'm a sailor, but this is my first bluewater boat and it's all uphill as far as the learning
BTW: My plans include another summer sailing north of Anacortes, into the Canadian Gulf Islands and perhaps, perhaps, around Vancouver Island. That last would be the boat's first open-ocean sail, and certainly the most challenging.