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RE: SJ 23 to Cape Lookout

excellent.....would you post a photo when available?  I have several old sunfish sails that would serve well- grommets on two sides and everything

"Eric Sitzler" <esitzler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>Just this year I started to experiment with a small "stay sail" that I made from a tarp that I had.  I made the top 2 sides about 3 feet long and I have tried placing it perpendicular to the centerline using the backstay and the 2 aft lifeline stanchions to secure it.  On the one side that I had to cut, I folded over the cut end and used epoxy to secure it.  I also epoxied in a grommet into the corner of the cut side.  All just a quick project to see what the results would be.  So far, I am quite impressed to see how it stabilizes the boat at anchor.  I am also going to try securing it to the boom and the backstay to see what that does.  I usually keep my boom off to the port side to keep the companionway unobstructed and I didn't know how having the staysail offset would affect the motion.  I will keep you all posted!
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jim Willis [mailto:B06JXW@xxxxxxx]
>Sent: Monday, July 21, 2003 6:19 PM
>To: sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Cc: owner-sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx;
>Subject: Re: SJ 23 to Cape Lookout
>Short keeled boats with high free boards such as the SJ 23 are famous for
>sailing around the anchor.  One thing I've done in the past is to throw an
>anchor off the stern as well as the bow.  I've only done this in a
>protective cove where the entrance is narrow and trees on both sides that
>would prevent a beam wind.
>I've heard one way of preventing sailing on the anchor is to put up a small
>sail near the end of the boom and attached to the back stay that will act
>as a weather vane and keep the boat dead in the wild.  I've never done
>this, but it sounds reasonable.
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