Windvane/Staysail Question

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  • June 25, 2014 6:55 AM
    Reply # 1562953 on 1562554
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    ive had the loose foot staysail on a few of these before, but sailing down with the K32 is the first time ive had the boom. 

    What I found is its really in the way UNLESS you fit a small preventer line to the end of the boom, so you can lash it off to a forward lower before dropping the sail... this also seemed to work well for broader sailing angles, giving the staysail great shape and keeping it stable even when the boat was rolling...proabbly works for heaving too although maybe rather than the lower, going to the rail is better...

    my first thought upon buying was to ditch the boom pronto.. now I see I should spend some more time with it and learn to make it work there seem to be many advantages over what I know form not having a boom. ...
  • August 05, 2015 4:40 PM
    Reply # 3467234 on 1562554
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    The picture on the "mast" headline of  this forum shows a sloop rigged Westsail32. Seems to move quite well.

    I left off the staysail boom because some racing rules at THAT time had some penalties, and besides that thing swings around and you might get injured. I placed a staysail track on the cabin top with the winch behind it, so my hard dodger would not have to have hole to lead the sheet through.. It worked quite well, but I honestly don't know if the boat goes faster with the staysail boom or with this setup. One thing is for sure: Nobody got zapped by the staysail boom, there is none.


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