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12,268 posts on 2,444 threads   •   From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012


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Aaron Norlund


I have a reef in my stays'l and have used it. I suggest it - also, make sure it's good, strong material as it's the last thing you take down before a storm jib. 9.5oz+

If the sail is made well, there is no reason for battens. It's small, and made of such dense material, it should hold its shape for a long time.

As for the bowsprit - I think adding more sail area is just sidestepping the problem of too much sail aft. A short main is much more effective. If you do look into extending the sprit, have a naval architect run the numbers for the load on your bobstay. A longer bowsprit will decrease the angle to your bobstay tang and increase it's load, perhaps dramatically.

Fair leads!
Aaron N.

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