[MHml] Cat vs. Tri
matt at technoronin.com
Sat Nov 4 11:02:58 EST 2006
On Fri, 3 Nov 2006, Roy Mills wrote:
> At 12:08 PM 11/3/06, you wrote:
>> Stayed masts are just so 19th century, I just can't see the practicality
>> in being so retro.
> OTOH trees have been unstayed cantilevers for quite a long
> time, so really its nothing new, just the recent invention of things
> like Carbon fibre that makes it possible to use that old stuff on
> sail boats. Stays from a wide base still make a mast lighter than a
> cantilever surely, just won't let the rig swing all the way around. I
> would have thought that a pacific proa could well use one stay up to
> windward, the rig could swing pretty close to 360 with appropriate
> hounds. Rob probably has reasons for not preferring that route,
> probably something to do with being, or rather not being, taken aback.
I had a chance to sail a Nonsuch 30 for a weekend several years ago. The
simplicity and ease of operation was truly amazing. For the type of
sailing I want to do, I am sold on unstayed rigs.
It's not what I know that counts.
It's what I can remember in time to use.
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