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  1. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    Just found out that it used to have a backstay/whip that worked just fine, but was ditched because of windage. 
  2. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    The rig is usually tuned with an aft rake. The “standing” backstay would only be there to stop it at vertical. 
  3. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    That’s certainly not bad advice. The boat gets reefed a lot already, but rarely for windward leewards. It’s when the goofy sails come out on distance races that they regularly reef, it just balances better. Trying to sort out sail combinations is a whole new can of worms, but I’ll figure that...
  4. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    I’m curious what these six controls you keep mentioning are. The checks can be preset and come on with the runners, so don’t get touched in tacks/jibes. Same would go for the backstay if I add it. It would not be for sail trim. The running backs handle that. I was simply wondering if spending...
  5. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    In heavy air, the main “should” be able to punch through with the backstay snug. In light air, the flicker would hold it clear. It’s all just one big thought experiment right now. I wouldn’t do anything til spring anyway. I’ve spent enough time with runners that I’m perfectly comfortable (well...
  6. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    Dammit, you usually have great advice.  Does anyone read the original post anymore?
  7. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    It is currently set up with split topmast backstays, and no permanent backstay. That was the reason for the whole thread!  The backstay would just be a safety net for a little while why I get everyone used to it. 
  8. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    It’s mostly a Mount Gay 30. The hull, deck, and rig were built to the rule. Then the current owner bought the parts and built it to his own idea, so it hit the water with a big prod and a little under 3700 pounds. 
  9. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    Thanks for the info. Despite the complexity, the ability to shift gears with this mast is a big plus to me. I don’t think I’ll ever go with topmast shrouds, but the jumpers have proven to be enough to keep the rig up in heavy air with every masthead kite option on the boat so far. A full flat...
  10. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    That’s just not going to happen. It does have an old, much less roachy main that we’ll use to practice with though. And yes, I’ll be adding a fixed backstay, at least for awhile.    It’s a crappy low res picture, but this is the proper main on the boat. 
  11. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    Good to know!  Much appreciated. 
  12. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    That’s the current plan. I was basically just thinking out loud. It would have been temporary anyway. 
  13. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    Sorry if I phrased it poorly, but Fan was spot on. The backstay wouldn’t add complexity because it wouldn’t be very actively trimmed. It would only come in to play as an “oh shit” device. It was purely a curiosity on my part because I’ve sailed on most rig combinations, just not this one.    I...
  14. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    That’s exactly how it’s already set up. Current owner has run it this way for years. Yes, he lost a mast early on, but he’s refined the setup since and been trouble free since.    I wasn’t looking to improve on his setup. I was just curious about training wheels while I learn the boat. I’ll...
  15. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    It currently has no permanent backstay and doesn’t have swept spreaders.    I was just curious if a fairly cheap solution would provide any safety net, but you pretty much confirmed my thought. 
  16. Monkey

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    So here's a perfectly stupid question.  I'm looking at adding a semi-fixed backstay to serve as a set of training wheels for the first year while the crew and I get used to a new boat.  The rig is double inline spreaders with a set of jumpers, fractional rig, masthead A-sails, and a very roachy...
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