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Old 15-01-2013, 06:31   #1
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Gennaker and baby staysail advice

I'm thinking of getting a furler and leaving my gennaker up off the bowsprit. Even with a sock, I doubt that my wife and I will bother retrieving and hoisting it.

We also have a removable baby stay and flying back stays set up. The previous owners had it set up for a storm jib and never used it. Could I rig the baby stay and the windward back stay and hank on another type of staysail, cutter style? I was told no by a friend.
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Old 15-01-2013, 11:39   #2
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Re: Gennaker and baby staysail advice

Kites tend to be build in materials that normally do not like extended exposure to UV. Perhaps consider removing the kite at least while in port.

IMHO you can use any stay to hoist another sail as long as it (the stay) is balanced by afts/runners or other support to avoid the sail's pulling force bending the mast.

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Old 15-01-2013, 17:17   #3
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Re: Gennaker and baby staysail advice

Agree on a cat its important to be sure you have enough support for the mast for adding more foresail area. The jib and kite flown simultaneously is pretty common set up for fast cats but they usually employ running backstays as well to cope with it.
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