Staysail track

  • November 12, 2018 9:36 AM
    Message # 6900935

    i would like to put a track for the Staysail, on the side deck, on our W42 ketch. Has anyone done a similar addition, if so where? My research so far is the 10-18degrees, which puts the track midway across the deck. Would this improve the “slot” to give our W42 improved sailing

  • November 13, 2018 8:21 AM
    Reply # 6902653 on 6900935

    Hi,

    I have been doing a major refit on our W42 Cadence, formerly Viking Rose.  I have been working with a local sail maker as to the best placement for a staysail track. The photo below show where they came up with the best placement.  

    Hope this may help in your decision. 

    Regards,

    George

  • August 30, 2019 11:21 AM
    Reply # 7856916 on 6900935

    Our 42 has staysail tracks on the main cabin top just forward of the dodger.  We find it does help going upwind to have a tight sheeted staysail. This layout also lets us heave to with the upwind sheet tight (and run inside the shroud) with no chafe issue - the clew is just forward of the mast at that point with our sail. Going downwind we sometimes change the sheets to run between the stays for better sail control & shape.  Overall this arrangement was great for high wind/heavy weather when the staysail would become the sole sail in use. We have a heavy duty staysail on a furler that doubles as a storm sail.

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