Roy M...that is the way it works on our boat as well. Just turn the wheel
and you are there!
I want to try the mainsail
only trick when I get back to the boat. This is good stuff to kick around.
I belive it was you who ask about synthetic for a headstay. I know it will not work on a normal rolling furler
. They are all sized for wire. We oversize just a bit to get major gains in low creep and more strength. They key to no stretch or "creep" is to not load the line anywhere near the working load. Creep is the line elongnation that does not spring back. Stretch is the elongnation that does return to normal.
I plan to rig my 34' with a 9mm headstay using normal hanks. I want to see how it takes the wear of hanks. 9mm Dynex Dux has a breaking strength of 26,500 lbs! you could pick up 3 or 4 of the boat with it.
My ultimate set up is the new continuous line furlers now available. Colligo has a buitiful unit that is about half price
of the big names...This way you can roll the sail up and drop it. Your sail goes in the bag all rolled up in a sausage. You can change sails
very easy this way. Looking at the roundworld race
multis they have a many as 5 cont. line furlers on the bow, from a sprit all the way back to a tiny rag. Roll the sail up, drop it on deck
and it is ready to hoist and unroll. I am considering a bowsprit
for a big rolled up Code 0 or something similar. I think the stay sail is so small I would be really pushing the "custom" part...like more than really needed. But the cont. line furler
is so much simpler and easy to use, I would like to rig the genny and yankee with it, and perhaps out on a sprit....:-)