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    Default Rapid bending of topsail to its yard

    Emerald has a topsail with two yards, the larger about 12ft long. Not sure what sort of topsail that makes it. It stows up one of the shrouds, but I don’t want the windage of the whole bagged sail standing there; just the long yard would be OK. It can’t hang under the boom as that will impede carrying a dinghy on the coachroof, and it’s a nuisance below. So: what’s the quickest practical way to attach the topsail to this yard, and detach it, without lacing it? Grommets on the sail through which the yard can be threaded? Velcro straps? Would a lightweight track and slides work? Any other ideas? Obviously the ends would be lashed. Thanks for any wisdom here.

    Last edited by Dick Wynne; 10-25-2021 at 11:30 AM.

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    Default Re: Rapid bending of topsail to its yard

    My topsail lived on chocks on the boom, this put it inside everything it needed to be inside, topping lifts and lazy jacks
    And it was always out of the way.

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    Default Re: Rapid bending of topsail to its yard

    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    My topsail lived on chocks on the boom, this put it inside everything it needed to be inside, topping lifts and lazy jacks
    And it was always out of the way.
    Thanks John, that never occurred to me!

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    Default Re: Rapid bending of topsail to its yard

    When racing boats change their jibs, they use a slot with a pre feeder. If you were to go this route (John's sounds better), you could rig a "halyard" to bend on the sail while it's on the shroud.. we'd have to be innovative with how the spar is attached to the shroud.

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    Default Re: Rapid bending of topsail to its yard

    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Wynne View Post
    Thanks John, that never occurred to me!
    The limiting factor is that it lives on one side , Dick, so it's not great for a racing set. I never did that anyway but did drop it plenty of times, just plonk it down on the chocks and throw a couple of gaskets on to get the race finished or into calmer water to tidy it up.
    Anyway, it's good to have it on the side that means you're faffing around on stbd as you set it. Right of way and all that.

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    Default Re: Rapid bending of topsail to its yard

    Agree with John B. I didn’t do this as we had roller reefing.
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    Default Re: Rapid bending of topsail to its yard

    My one stick top stows on top of the boom, just tied with shock cord.
    Goes up n down on stbd tack.

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    Default Re: Rapid bending of topsail to its yard

    Thanks all for your thoughts.

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