Hello, In preparing my NC 515 for extended blue water cruising, I am going to add a manual (non-electric) furled staysail. This will bring a total of five new lines into the cockpit: 2 sheets, 2 running back stays, 1 furler drum line. (FYI: I have a total of four winches in the cockpit — two electric for the foresail and two manual.)
How have people organized these five lines?
There are two attachments each side already in place for blocks at the stern, and two free rope brakes on each side — but I have five lines! Did others just squeeze in another rope brake somewhere?
Also, my rigger advises making the running backstays a 2-to-1 arrangement with one end tied at the toe rail, then the line going up to the block on the mast and back down (hence 2-to-1) to a block on deck and finally to the stern block and the winch or rope brake. Is this what others have done?
I decided on my Nauticat 40 that I did not like running back stays and I got Selden to design a fore triangle that removed the need for these. This freed up two winches at the back of the cockpit. If you blow up the photo you will see the diamond stiffening the mast.
Very interesting idea — thank you, Gordon. I am not familiar with, but already not a fan of, running backstays. But I think I will stay with the classic approach to start, and perhaps go for an arrangement such as yours at a later date. If you can send me a photo including the top of the mast, I would appreciate it! Thanks again.