Rigging Storm Trisail

  • August 14, 2018 7:28 AM
    Message # 6572702

    We would be interested in how you rig your Storm Trisail on a W32?


    Jeff & Wendy

  • August 15, 2018 11:15 AM
    Reply # 6575407 on 6572702

    Hello Jeff and Wendy,   Normally the try sail is hoisted on a separate track.  Whether on it’s own track or the Mainsail track, it is hoisted so that the tack is well above the head of the furled Mainsail.  That is, at least a foot.  Put a  tack line/down haul on the tack, premarked and secured before hoisting.  Hoist the head tightly.  Normally the Main halyard is transferred from the Mainsail to the Trysail. Since this sail is not used often the luff will contract or shrink during storage.  You want to hoist tight enough to remove all the wrinkles.    Rig the clew with either one or two sheets.  It doesn’t matter too much.  On most W-32’s a perfect fair lead for the sheet is to the aft mooring cleat..  on Saraband it is perfect.  HOWEVER,  Many owners have installed dodgers without thinking about the Try sail. (why would you?).  If the dodger is too big or too angular it will interfere with the sheeting of the sail.  All I can say is “Sorry about that”.  You’ll need to modify the dodger or use a different strong point for the sheet.  Perhaps the aft hawse pipe.          When cruising I have the Try sail in a bag, already on the track, with the bag secured to the base of the mast.  It is easily ready to go.    Good luck,  let’s us know how it goes. 

  • February 23, 2019 5:56 PM
    Reply # 7180960 on 6572702
    Deleted user

    Why can't you sheet the trysail to the end of the boom? 

  • February 25, 2019 11:59 AM
    Reply # 7186566 on 6572702

    Imagine if the boom dipped into the water as she rolls from big seas flowing underneath. That force is transferred into the entire rig, producing a shock load that may cause a dismasting. The trysail is better flown loose footed while the boom is stowed in the gallows and lashed to secure it.

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