Self-tacking jibs and staysails are popular on boats of all sizes because tacking is nearly automatic, with no need to haul in or release a sheet. They work well with furling systems and with jib booms. Calculate loadings for traveler cars and blocks using the following Genoa System Loading Calculator.
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)
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 luff perpendicular of the sail.
Self-tacking jibs are popular because they keep the foredeck clean.
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.