Originally Posted by Cheechako
You need the ability to adjust the staysail. Open the gap or close the gap. You need to adjust the sheeting angle also. You cant do that "just removing the boom".
Difficult to get the staysail trimmed. The trim angle is variable. I finally started using a for/aft track and a 4 part Barber Hauler arrangement from the toerail to get the trim correct. The fairlead on the rack gets the sheet angle right, The Barber Hauler gets the port/starboard adjustment right.
all this is taken care of, BUT you have that stuff on deck
Solution: Get dingy davits!
Have sailed more than 10,000 miles with a loose footed staysail, no boom, without any of the issues Cheechako claims are there. The staysail trims the same as a jib
. With a fore and aft track you can modify the sheet lead but we didn't find that it made all that much difference in the set of the smallish staysail. I'm a bit anal about sail trim so it wasn't a matter of not caring. Ask yourself how often you mess the jib/genoa cars??
The slot between the jib
staysail is very important in a cutter
rig. They are not as efficient as a larger genoa
hard on the wind
but the slot really comes into effect as you ease the sheets
. We didn't have roller furling
so had to hand the Yankee when winds got too strong. that resulted in an immediate one knot
slowing of the boat
running without the Yankee.