Friday, 27 February 2015

How Trysails can save you from storms

Sailing through the storms is challenging and even the most experienced sailors can become unnerved. The type of Storm Sail you are using does determine how easily you can keep the situation under control. Trysail is one of our favorites for off-shore sailing, be it cruising or racing.

We have often come across customers, seeking a good quality storm sail but have never heard of a Trysail. In fact there are sailors who will debate in favor of reefing a mainsail instead but the fact is a reefed main cannot help you beyond a certain wind condition and a Trysail will essentially be your savior.

Many sailors call it a bullet-proof sail only to indicate how remarkably it can take the vessel through a very gusty wind blowing at more than 40 knots/ hour.

The unique shape of a Trysail is the key factor. It comes in a triangular shape, made of heavy dacron. Its luff length is below 20% of a mainsail luff and the foot length is below 30-40% of a mainsail foot.

Setting it is easy for a mainsail luff groove system. After the mainsail has been flaked on the boom or removed entirely the Trysail is fed into the mast. The process is little difficult on track systems. Many cruising boats install parallel tracks just off-center so that Trysails can be hoisted without any hassle.

If there is no such track, the luff slides need to be removed before hoisting the Trysail. For boats with reasonable righting moments, Trysails are most viable options in a very gusty wind condition where you will need a high boat speed to maneuver. 

These are all the basics about a Trysail and if you want to know more reach out to us anytime. We love to chat with those who are passionate about sailing.

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