There are several different ways that cruising cats are rigged and I am trying to better understand the pros and cons of the different rig designs especially as it relates to downwind sailing and mast
Cats have only one side stay on each side and one tripod style spreader rig.
Switch 55 and Dolphins
have two side stays on each side, one lower and one upper. They also have a traditional spreader rig and not the tripod spreader like on many cats.
Outremers have one or two side stays, tripod spreader rig and running back stays on each side.
cats have one side stay on each side and a tripod spreader rig.
So here are the questions:
Why did the newer designed cats move away from running back stays?
Are running backs better (stronger) for downwind sailing and mast
strength and do they allow you to fully drop the main when flying a chute?
How are the tripod spreader rigs better or worse than the traditional spreader rigs. It seems that some manufactures are trending away from the tripod spreader rigs now yet many boats have them.
My cat manufacturere Dolphin advises to NEVER fly 100% of Genoa
without the main flying yet I know other cat owners have done this without problem.
My manufacturer also advises to not fly a spinnaker
without the main up
but I know that many Catana
owners fly big spinnakers with two reefs
in the main and then sheet down hard on the topping lift
as kind of a make shift back stay and they only have two side stays while doing this. Does sheeting down the topping lift
hard really act well as a back stay? Does this risk losing the rig? Do I risk my rig falling by flying a chute without the main? You get much more power from the chute with the main reefed down or dowsed.
I am aware that cats like MAXING OUT who is a member
of this website sailed his Privalige cat around the world with two head sails
and no main and he had no trouble with the integrity of his rig yet this is not supposed to be good for the rig.??
Fro those of you who have more expertise in the pros and cons of cat rigs and how they hold up under different circumstances such as down wind
sailing, wing and wing, genoa
only situations, and spinnaker
flying it would be great to hear your thoughts on this subject.