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Lee Perry

Terry,        Good question. My trysail has a single sheet that goes through a turning block at the sampson post and to the cockpit winch. You can mount your block anywhere to get a fair lead. The single sheet works for me as it only needs to be slackened a little to give it shape on either tack. The main boom should at this point be down in the gallows and lashed.  The storm staysail also has a single sheet that goes to the jib winch on the mast. A snap shackle with pennant gets it up to the right height.  Experiment with yours until it works for you. The staysail and storm try should be at the same height. Then the running backs need to be rigged to support the mast.  You may never need to use them but knowing that you can is just good seamanship.  One other thing. The trysail is not just for storms. I use it to steady the boat when sailing downwind in a fresh breeze when the mainsail is too much. It is an easy sail to manage and no boom thrashing about.  Not trying to be a know it all on this It's just what works for me.  Lee

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