Staysail, storm jib, storm trisail, and inner forestay

Using an inner forestay provides an effective means to set a storm jib and bring the sail force in-board, closer to the boat’s centre of effort.  It can also be used to add a staysail incresaing sail area on reaches and runs, to complement a cruising chute or a large genoa for example.

Stay sail on a run Unfortunately the Moody 44 does not have a cutter rig and an inner forestay would have to be retro-fitted.

The trouble with a retro-fit is that the existing rigging is not set up to take the pressure of a stay on an unsupported area of the mast, and requires the addition of running backstays to provide the necessary support.

Enterprise already has a removable inner forestay – a Solent Stay – which is attached to a re-inforced pad eye using a Highfield lever. This is an inner-forestay variation where the inner-stay is attached to the mast very near the main forestay fitting.  In this arrangement the existing backstay provides the support for both the main and inner forestays, eliminating the need for runners.

I can use the existing genoa track and cars to sheet the stay sail for a reach or for running, but the stay sail is not easily sheeted in for close hauled sailing. Well you cant have everything.

I will also add a storm jib and a storm tri-sail to my sail wardrobe. Fortunately the Moody 44 does come with a track on the mast for hoisting a storm tri-sail.

Opinions vary about the need for a storm tri-sail. ”Of course, some boats will sail just fine with only a storm jib set, especially boats with long keels and balanced sailplans. The old cruisers that had keels that ran the length of the underbody, although slow and cumbersome, were very seakindly. The long keels gave them directional stability that even an unbalanced sailplan, i.e., too much sail forward or aft, could not mess with. On the other hand, many fin-keel boats without much underwater shape will suffer without both an effective storm jib and trysail set at the same time, since there is not enough lateral stability under the boat to help it ride the waves. The result is that the sails end up dictating how the boat will lie relative to the seaway. Therefore, setting only a storm jib without the trysail to counterbalance the sailplan would make it very difficult to keep the boat on a steady course…” (

I must admit that the thought of having to use the storm tri-sail means is worrying in itself, we would be probably in “survival mode” not just heavy weather sailing! The Moody 44 has in mast furling rather than a slab reefed sail which could be taken down to its 3rd reef. I would not really like any of the in mast furled main sail showing in 40/50+knots of wind, the same as with a roller furled genoa. I think you would want all furling mechanisms locked down tight. The International Offshore Racing Rules state that the area of the trysail should not exceed 0.175 x P (mainsail luff) x E (mainsail foot). That is roughly 20 – 30% of the main sail area,  but I think I would rather go for something at the smaller end of that range.

StormTrysail StormJib

It is also worth noting that you don’t just set the storm tri-sail on the boom. ”…Like the storm jib, the trysail should be set with its own sheets permanently attached at the clew. It’s important to note that these sheets should be run to a reinforced pad eye on deck or a snatch block on the rail, as opposed to the boom, which should be secured to the deck…” (

Plenty to think about here!.


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