Granted about the windward "staysail". I was wrong, confused, not fully awake.^^^^ The windward staysail only lifts the ama when the proa is caught aback, which is a good thing? Otherwise, it always has a downward force component, except for dead down wind, when it is all horizontal.
This phrase has grown stale. I don't have to pay any money to express opinions.Pay your money and make your choice.
I've done a crab-claw before. There are some challenges there that become more pronounced the larger the boat becomes. If you want to be able to shunt without a ton of manual work, you need some way to move the yard from one end to the other. On smaller boats this can be done purely with lines or a simple guide rail. On larger boats, even around 30 feet, you need a track that won't bind up under high loads. There's also the issue of how to properly reef the sail on bigger offshore boats. Yes you can use spilling lines and the like but while that might be good for short periods, how well is that going to work for days on end when it's blowing 40 knots a thousand miles offshore. You also need to either tilt the mast during the shunt or use some kind of bridle or track on the yard (which is what I did) to allow the sail to actually move from one end to the other.I saw a pic of a proa (maybe Hell-Bent's?) with a nice crab claw rig. Makes so much sense for the proa. Any particular reason it's not the rig of choice?
Totally agree.Little rigs rule!
Love a lot of the ideas, but always get put off by their inherent double weight and cost……and a lot of them are on free standing masts which are also heavier and more expensive.
^^^ This. I'm not sure how much I trust that telescopic mast and inflated sail to stand up in adverse conditions. There's also the issue that if you get a puncture or crack in the sail it's undoubtedly an expensive proposition to repair and I could see a new sail or rig being prohibitively expensive. If your electronics go out and you don't have power to inflate the sails, you've got a problem.^^^^^ Their apparent complexity and fragility is also a bit of a turnoff for me.