Self-Tacking Jib and Staysail Systems

Self-tacking jibs and staysails are popular on boats of all sizes because tacking is nearly automatic, with no need to haul or release a sheet. They work well with furling systems and with jib booms. Calculate loadings for traveler cars and blocks using the the following jib sheet formula: Loading Formulas

Typical Boat Length:
Small Boat: 22' - 28' (6.7 - 8.5 m)
Midrange: 29' - 34' (8.8 - 10.4 m)
Big Boat: 35' - 42' (10.7 - 12.8 m)

 

Standard Self-tacker

This system is often used on course racing keelboats like Solings. The traveler track is bent in a radius equal to the distance from the headstay to the sheeting point along the LP of the sail.

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Diagram
Ref.
Description Small Boat
Part No.
Midrange
Part No.
Big Boat
Part No.
A Thru-deck 131 046 047
B Single 2636 2600 3226

 

2:1 Self-tacker

Self-tacking jibs are popular because they keep the foredeck clean.

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Diagram
Ref.
Description Small Boat
Part No.
Midrange
Part No.
Big Boat
Part No.
A Single  — 2660 3226
B Padeye 1558  688 689
C Cheek 6106 6106 3220
D Single  — 2660 3217

 

Self-tacker on Jib Boom

Self-tacking jibs and staysails work well with furling systems and jib booms. This system features two “sheets”—one controls the in and out movement of the sail much like an outhaul. The other controls the boom.

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Diagram
Ref.
Description Small Boat
Part No.
Midrange
Part No.
Big Boat
Part No.
A Furler Unit 0 Unit 1 Unit 2
B Double 2602 2662 3217
C Single 2600 2660 3215
D Single 2601 2661 3216
E Deck organizer 6054 6054 6052

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