Staysail for Freedom 33 sailboat

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Freedom 33, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Freedom 33
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    Freedom 33 New Member

    Hello to everyone:

    My wife & I own a Freedom 33 built in 1981 (Hull # 36) with conventional booms. We are sailing the Lake Michigan out of Waukegan, Illinois.
    It has all the hardware for a staysail between the main and the mizzen mast. I would like to know if I could re-work our old main sail into a staysail but I have no idea how it would look like and how to operate it.
    I believe that this could be a good solution for a storm sail.
    Maybe there is someone out there who can help.

    Klaus Gruner
    1275 Broadway Ave
    Crystal Lake, IL 60014
     

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  2. Timothy
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    Timothy Senior Member

    The provision for a stay sail is actually for a drifter that tacks to the windward rail and sheets to the mizzen boom end . It is only useful in light winds and for off wind sailing and so is made very full and of very light sail cloth. I think your mainsail would be to heavy and not large enough. I under stand that there was an optional blade staysail that was of heavier cloth and a flatter cut that could be used in stronger winds and up to a beam reach. Possibly you could have your old mainsail re cut for this purpose.
     
  3. Freedom 33
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    Freedom 33 New Member

    Thank you Timothy,

    I gues I was totally disinformed. But I love my Freedom 33 (The True Love) anyway, even without stay sail or staysail.
     
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