Traveler for staysail

  • August 21, 2017 3:19 PM
    Message # 5040649
    Deleted user

    I removed the jib boom and have been sailing with a loose footed staysail, the dribble was originally connected to a traveler on the cabin top that I removed because it was leaking.

    I have noticed that I cannot get the staysail as close hauled as I would like to under its present rigging setup and I'm wondering if anyone has a loose footed stay sale set up to a small traveler on the cabin top?

  • August 25, 2017 10:05 AM
    Reply # 5047961 on 5040649
    Deleted user


    Will lead the sheets inboard of shrouds (or outboard of shrouds to caprail for reaching).

    BUD WILL FIX YOU UP!  Same 28 or 32.

    First thing I did was to get rid of that stays'l boom and then rig a detachable inner

    forestay lever so you can tack your headsail!  (and a Code Zero Endless Line Furler

    for a big 3/4 oz.Genniker then you'll never have an excuse to "charge batteries"

    instead of sail!  Tacks just inside headstay unless you want a longer bowsprit).



  • August 25, 2017 11:43 AM
    Reply # 5048205 on 5040649

    We have also removed the Clubfoot on our staysail. It was connected to the deck with a single midship deck mounted standup block infront of the mast with a 2:1 purchase (no Traveller).  Sail/clubfoot control was very limited with that set up. 

    We added a quick release to the staysail stay and staysail tracks on the cabintop.  The tracks are mounted a little inboard of the cabintop handrails and just aft of the mast.  We now have complete control and a far better setting staysail.

    As has been mentioned adding a quick release to your staysail stay allows it to be pulled aft when you are using a large headsail or doing a lot of tacking.

  • August 25, 2017 3:19 PM
    Reply # 5048776 on 5040649
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kevin and Luman: If you have images -- email them to and I'll post in your comments. 

    Also is the staysail self tacking w/o the boom?  


    Last modified: August 25, 2017 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • August 26, 2017 10:05 AM
    Reply # 5049843 on 5040649

    After removing the clubfoot boom the staysail was still self tacking. 

    I added a snap shackle to the staysail sheet block that had been attached to the aft end of the club. So that block could instead be attached to the clew of the staysail and removed when not in use. 

    But the set of the staysail was poor in anything other than a close hauled position due to the staysail deck block being fixed at the midship position in front of the mast.  If I'd had an athwartships traveller (as many Westsail's due) rather than a fixed deck mounted block, the set of the loose footed staysail might have been better. 

    As we often fly a Staysail Genoa that slightly overlaps the mast, the installation of staysail cabintop tracks was the best solution for our needs.


    The photo above shows our original midship mounted deck block and the staysail cabintop tracks we added just inboard of the handrails.  I believe that on a W32 the cabintop staysail tracks could be mounted further inboard due to the W32's center mounted companionway. 


    Last modified: August 28, 2017 11:34 PM | Kevin Donahue
  • August 26, 2017 3:27 PM
    Reply # 5050244 on 5040649
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks for the reply -- and I have the short track in front of the mast - will experiment and see how it works...


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