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Old 19-03-2019, 13:26   #1
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Staysail on a 1988 Tartan 40

I have a 1988 Tartan 40. It has an inner forestay that connects to one of two padeyes on the foredeck. Questions: has anyone rigged a staysail to that inner forestay? What size sail should be used (e.g., 100%, 130%)? I do not have running backstays - do I need them? And what structural reinforcement should there be? Many thanks.
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Re: Staysail on a 1988 Tartan 40

Are you talking about the babystay which is a design feature or do you have a modified rig.
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Re: Staysail on a 1988 Tartan 40

Not the baby stay. It is an inner forestry that connects to a padeye using a lever-activated connecting turnbuckle.
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Re: Staysail on a 1988 Tartan 40

Does the staysail/inner forestay go to about 1/2 way between the spreaders and the masthead, or is the rig a double spreader? Actually the easiest thing to do is call the Tartan factory. That is one of the joys of owning a boat that the builder is still in business. Unless you are planning on a lot of passage making, you will probably not use a staysail much, but they are a good thing to have available. If you have a roller headsail, they are the perfect storm sail location and you dont have to be right at the bow to set it. The Tartan factory should be able to tell you if you need runners. Good luck with a nice boat. Grant.
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Re: Staysail on a 1988 Tartan 40

Thanks, Grant. It’s a double spreader rig and the inner forestay goes about 4/5 up the mast. I have a large (150) Genoa that gets overpowered. Rather than partially furl it, which brings the center of effort forward, I thought I could use a staysail. Most likely will use hanks. Good idea to call Tartan. I tried emailing but will try calling.
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