More rigging help please
If we are fed up with the strut on the foredeck causing hassle with the jib during a tack, how silly would it be just to leave the strut at home?! We only really need it to add power in medium winds only, don't we?
I'm assuming that you have a 1970's/80's hog stepped aluminium rig like Lucky Strike? The strut has never caused us any hassle. I have the attachment pins and split rings at both ends well taped over. When 2 handed sailing the traditional non tapered braided soft feel jib sheets are attached by looping the ends through a mid-point loop pushed through the clew of the sail - it looks as though it could slip but it doesn't - and when single handed I make the jib sheet continuous by knotting one end at the clew then leading it all the way from one side back to the other and finishing off with another figure of eight knot in the opposite direction. Both arrangements are 'clean' so unklikely to get caught up.
Did the forum collective ever decide if a strut the shape of a banana (but made of metal, obviously) would work the same as a straight one?
It's not nearly as efficient a shape Mags, if straight there is no bending force, it's all compression/tension, you would need a thicker and heavier bit of tube for a banana otherwise it would bend and not control the mast properly.
Watch out for JT's radical new "no strut, no lowers" rig, coming soon to a Championship venue near you (if you live in Penzance)...
Any one ever tried a Stump before?
Andy Hay - 3626 Business as Usual
Got a design on the computer with a stub mast up to gooseneck ... no strut, no lowers (or optional fixed struts) and room for a self tacking jib combined with possibly rotating the upper mast above gooseneck.
Well on March Hare MR 1724? Mike went even further and did away with shrouds! I think he eventually fitted shrouds.