Originally Posted by PuttingDoctor
My staysail ketch has a boom but a loose foot main. I am able to get better shape out of the main I believe with this setup.
/ clew slides on a track mounted car. Couple this with the vertical external furler
and you have infinite adjustment of the main.
That looks like a great cruising rig as it makes sail handling very easy.
I'm sure racing sailors though are cringing at the idea that it's an ideal sail plan for performance.
- Racers are willing to put in almost unlimited effort into managing the sails
, so they are willing to deal with less convenient in an effort to squeeze out a tiny bit of additional performance.
- Cruisers will often accept less than ideal if it will take a lot of effort to squeeze the last bit of performance. For a cruiser, an easy to manipulate sail plan can be a performance booster as those tweeks take less effort, so they will actually make them.
Example: we would often run under genny alone if conditions were marginal or we only saw a couple of miles before we would have to furl the sails
(say crossing a small bay on the ICW
between narrow channels). Why? It took 10-15 seconds to deploy or furl the genny and it was done from the cockpit
by 1 person. The mainsail, took both of us, 1 at the helm
and 1 going up top to get the cover off the mainsail, then hoisting it, all with a reverse process to take it down...often it just wasn't worth the hassle, so we wouldn't.
It looks like your mainsail is basically a roller furler
mounted behind the mast
, so I assume you can deploy and furl the mainsail similarly in a few seconds. If we had that, we would probably use the mainsail more often.