Storm Trysail

  • February 27, 2015 7:56 AM
    Message # 3237016

    My mast is fitted with a track for a storm trysail and I'd like to have one made up.  Bud's manual has the sailplan for the dimensions, but I can't visualize how the sail is sheeted off aft.  What methods have any of you other Westsailors used?  Any recommendations as to how to stow the sail on passage or tips on the makeup of the sail itself?   -Tom Koehl

  • February 27, 2015 10:49 AM
    Reply # 3237137 on 3237016

    Have a sail loft sailmaker come out and help you with this. It really depends on what you have available for securing the sheet aft of the boom gallows. Usually the aft mooring cleats. So far the best sail bag I've seen is made of Top Gun fabric with drain grommets in the bottom and bronze or stainless slugs on the sail, ready for deployment at all times during offshore voyages. This would mean an opening similar to the staysail bag so it can be covered while attached to the mast.

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  • February 27, 2015 2:38 PM
    Reply # 3237485 on 3237016

    Tony, Using the aft cleats sounds logical but I'd like to run the sheet through a block for tensioning and can't figure out a good anchor point.  I'm also struggling to visualize the bag setup.  Keeping the sail lugs on the track and bagging it until needed sounds fine, but do you have a wrap of some sort to secure the bag to the mast?   My track only starts about 2 feet or so above the cabin top which would leave a lot of exposed sail if the bag is just sitting on the cabin.  Can anyone offer a photo of the setup?   At this point I'm thinking of a sail bag with quarter-turns on the top with a flap and some sort of wrap to anchor it to the base of the mast but that seems awkward.  -Tom

  • February 27, 2015 5:58 PM
    Reply # 3237583 on 3237016

    Some food for thought .

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