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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 22 at 9:38am
For training at least is there any reason not to leave the forestay attached?

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If you leave the forestay attached (it's tied round the beam across the bow) then it fouls the jib furling (gets wrapped into the jib); the genniker chute exits just below the beam so youve added more friction and roughness - the genniker is "delicate".

The forestay/jib furler problem exists on other dinghies (e.g. my Wanderer), but the halyard sheave and forestay attachment are significantly apart, the Argo has the forestay attachment just above the jib sheave.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 22 at 3:41pm
Thumbs Up Makes sense. It's a trait of some Laser boats too, Stratos, 2k and 3k to my sure knowledge but if you didn't need the kite or furler I suppose you could leave it as an extra bit of security. The Spice doesn't even have a forestay as it's a hog stepped mast.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jun 22 at 2:34pm
The added bonus on the Argo is that there is no hook going to a tensioner, so if you catch the halyard, it doesn't just drop a few inches and then stop... I always tuck the halyard through the eye on the front of the nasty and tie a stopper knot.

A silly quirk, but still a nice boat.
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I have an RS Vision. The forestay is redundant when sailing, unless the jib halyard breaks, which did happen once!

If furling, there is every chance that the furler will foul the forestay and/or the kite halyard.

My solution is never to furl!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ColPrice2002 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 22 at 4:27pm
When I was instructing, it was very useful to be able to furl the jib. This allowed us to talk without the noise of a flapping jib!
Also meant that we could just furl the jib and sent students off without letting them feel overpowered.
Obviously, if you don't furl, you can leave the forestay in place. 

It just seemed odd to me that you can have a dinghy that needs a forestay to keep the mast up, but no attachment pint.

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