For those that wonder if I am still following all this, I certainly am, and the issues are of great interest to me, even if they have ever so slightly digressed (one of the true joys and strengths of CF I say!).
Sadly, Adelaide has declined into the land of absolutely no wind
. Don't believe any forecasts you might have seen, days forcasting 20 - 25 knots have been lucky to produce 6 knots. I know, we had to cancel our proposed Port Vincent jaunt when there was not enough wind
to move the boat, despite a forecast
of 20 knots.
In desperation I went out this weekend and setup the staysail, without its boom, just to make sure I would know what to do if/when the wind did arrive. Glad I did so, I made a total mess of the whole job and it took me the better part of twenty minutes to get the sail set correctly.
Sadly, all this was in 4 - 6 knots of wind, so aside from looking rather pretty, it achieved little except that I now had THREE sails
flopping around apathetically while I wallowed two miles off shore. I fear, from a lay-person's perspective, it probably looked like washing
day on board.
Still, ready to try it all when the wind comes back.
On the whole rigging
thing, I observe the following:
1. Having the roller furled genoa
on the rear of the two stays works well for me as tacking is easy.
2. Trying to tack without rolling up the genoa
with the staysail stay in place is pointless. I suppose my sails
are pretty solid, but the genoa just would NOT pull through the gap of about two feet between the rearmost of the two forestays and the staysail stay.
3. I've never observed tension (or lack of tension) issues on the dual forestay arrangement on Manera, but I will pay extra attention now having read these discussions.
Thanks all for the thought provoking discussions, and I am very sorry to hear about your dog bail-me-out. Maybe next time take a cat, they need less space on the twig and might be used as a fishing
implement in extremis.