Originally Posted by Markhunter1097
If you are talking about a jib boom, then no that works until any slow foredeck crew get punted over the side on a tack. More hassle than they are worth
Curved track works well, use the Hanse system of the sheet going up the mast
from the car.
My boat's self-tacking staysail has a single
sheet which goes up the mast from a car on a curved track. It's conveniently simple, but I would never ever have such a thing for a principle headsail. Even for a staysail (!) I am using a barber hauler (or two) on it, most of the time, to get acceptable sail shape. Also it has a lot of friction running through so many blocks and with so much change of direction.
The owner of KM Yachts in Holland
(who built Noelex and SWL's beautiful new boat
discussed in here) swears by jib booms. On the contrary, I mean, opposite of the case with the single
sheet system, you get excellent control over sail shape with this, and you get actual direct control over angle of attack of the headsail. I haven't sailed with one, but it looks very appealing to me. Jibs are very sensitive to inboard-outboard position of the clew. It would be especially wonderful to be able to smoothly place the clew out over the rail when sailing deep, without rigging
a pole. I often rig a barber hauler from the end of the boom when broad reaching, to tweak the clew outboard
-- it makes a vast difference in power of the jib, but it's very awkward because any change of boom angle messes up the jib.