has a staysail on a furler
. The clew has a purchase
to a traveler. Darn handy sail. The other boat has a club footed small stay sail about 100 sq ft. It is hanked on but stores on the club foot sheeted to the end of the short boom with a purchase
to a traveler but only stops without control lines. You set the stops and it is self tacking. That can be handy since you mostly set it and forget about.
On both boats it often was nice to use the staysail instead of the headsail in strong winds. With a double/triple reefed main and the staysail I can handle winds I wouldn't go out in by choice. I don't like the cutter
without some forward sail as the mast
is further behind than a normal sloop
The staysail does not have to be tacked like a Genoa
so the duties are less and you can just focus on steering
. I also know people that will sail with only a staysail in heavy weather
. My buddy Max did the toughest part of a Nova Scotia
crossing this past fall with just a club footed staysail. Staysails take some practice to master and it's nice to have one in the bag of tricks.