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Date: 25 May 2004
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
Remote User: Everden
I have a removeable inner forestay and running backstays on my A37 sloop, installed by the previous owner. The connection to the mast is about 3/4 way up, or just a little less. The connection at the deck is at the forward side of the chain locker bulkhead, which is heavily reinforced to take the additional loads. I have a hank-on staysail and storm jib. I have never had to use the storm jib (in 3 years Caribbean sailing) but have used the staysail extensively in higher winds. Above 20 knots I use it instead of the roller furled genoa, in conjunction with a double reefed main, and find it works far better than the partially furled genoa since it has a far better shape, and keeps the centre of effort closer to the centre of the boat. When sailing close to the wind, the sheet has to be led inside the shrouds, and I take the lazy sheet across to a block on the opposite side of the cabin when close hauled. With some juggling of sheets and winches I have also sailed as a cutter. As a cruiser, I'm not too worried about tacking efficiency and don't mind the chore of partially furling the jib to get around. Also, I never did find a satisfactory way of stowing the inner stay when disconnected; so I don't bother.