deltrott Posted May 28, 2015 Share #1 Posted May 28, 2015 How did they furl a boomed forestaysail (jib, if you like) such as shown on many paintings, sail plans and current models of the schooner "America" ? There's debate over whether "America" actually had a boomed or loose-footed staysail, but lacing the foot of the sail to a full-length boom pivoting on (or near) the forestay was certainly accepted practice in the mid-1800's. The problem comes from the fact that the shortest distance of the clew to the luff (measured perpindicular to the luff) is much less than the length of the foot of the sail (some 13-14 feet less in America's case), so the clew must be able to move forward that amount as the sail slides down the forestay. With the foot of the sail laced to a fixed boom this is apparently not possible. The practice in more contemporary designs is either to attach the boom to a "horse" allowing it to slide forward as the sail is lowered, or to lace only the after portion of the sail to a short boom or "club". The only reference to this problem that I've found is a comment in John Leather's The Gaff Rig Handbook that with this arrangement "... it is usually impossible to get the staysail fully down at the luff". This hardly seems satisfactory for a rig such as "America" with its huge forestaysail, and I believe there must have been some way to furl the sail. I can think of several possibilities, but none seem very efficient or seaman-like, and I can find no pictorial or written evidence. Does anyone have anything to offer on the subject? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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