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ch4forstaysail142.gif (3275 bytes)The term "staysail" denotes any one of a large variety of what might be called auxiliary or supple-mentary sails. Cruising sailors are most apt to carry a forestaysail, which is a smaller jib hanked onto an intermediate forestay. Its tack is set on the center line of the foredeck about a quarter of the way back from the headstay to the mast, and it's best set from an intermediate halyard about three-quarters of the way up the foretriangle. The advantages of a double-head rig are great. When close reaching, you can get extra speed, and in heavy air you can reduce sail area while keeping the helm balanced by flying a smaller headsail off an intermediate stay close to the mast with a reefed main.    more...



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