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Often too much effort in maneuvering and adjusting sails can make one “lazy,” whether racing or cruising. So why not make the “hard” maneuvers lighter?

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With a gennaker, you don’t have to caulk the iron halyard as you do in Code Zeros, where good tension reduces the catenary to acceptable levels: here is a solution to limit the strain on the bowsprit by offloading some of the pull on the mooring eyebolt, if the boat has one.

In addition to adding hoists to the mainsail sheet to lessen the strain, a second sheet can be fitted for its fine adjustment when the load on the primary system is excessive and you cannot caulk any further. A second circuit is made with a thinner top than the main one, consisting of multiple hoists.

Most of the circuit usually runs under the boom where it is advisable to do so inside a pvc zippered pocket that wraps around the boom in order to prevent the circuit from fluttering dangerously. The same can apply to the jib trolley: as a rule, on standard boats there are no systems for fine adjustment from the cockpit, so it is a case of fitting a hoist system to the existing jib rail to lessen the strain. Some companies provide a kit already prepared to be mounted on the rail, and you can do the assembly yourself.

The backstay should also be easily adjustable. For cruising, the very convenient crank system may also be fine, but if you want to use the boat in racing, a circuit with multiple hoists or hydraulic type will make adjustment much faster.

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