1. How do you tack a cutter?

    Cutter fans like the ability to use the staysail as a storm sail by simply dropping (or furling) the Jib. In tacking a cutter, the Jib typically has two sheets and is tacked like a headsail on a sloop. Today, the staysail is typically mounted on a boom and is self-tending like a mainsail.

  2. Cutter Rigged Sailboats [GUIDE] Advantages, Sailing, Options & Features

    A cutter rigged sailboat is also more expensive for boat builders. The deck must be strong enough to handle the inner forestay's loads. ... Tacking a Sailboat Cutter . If you need to short tack up a narrow channel, and both your sails are loose-footed, you can roll up one of the headsails and just use one headsail to tack. Many staysails have ...

  3. Tacking a cutter rigged sailboat

    In a nut shell: -Start to tack, ease the genny sheet just enough slowly as you tack to allow the genny to bulge through the gap between the staysail stay and headsail stay. The clew should be held taught enough to not curl behind the staysail stay. The sail material/luff then goes through the gap.

  4. Is The Cutter Rig Sailboat the Best Choice for Offshore Cruising?

    The cutter rig sailboat has two jibs, the foremost one usually a high-cut yankee set on the forestay and the other a staysail set on an inner forestay. It's a flexible, easy to handle rig, which is why I - along with a lot of other cruising sailors - am such a fan of it. ... Tacking a Cutter Rig Sailboat. This is slightly more complicated than ...

  5. Self tacking Staysail

    Self tacking Staysail. Herb Benavent. May 17, 2016. Staysails are the smaller jib on a cutter. They are mounted to the inner forestay, which is the stay inboard of the headstay and attaches only partway up the mast. When tacking a cutter, you have the jib and staysail to sheet on each tack. This can become quite a chore when short tacking ...

  6. Cutter Rig—Optimizing and/or Converting

    Cutter Rig—Optimizing and/or Converting. In the last two chapters I covered why a true cutter is a great rig for short-handed offshore voyaging and how to decide if the cutter rig is right for you. Now I'm going to cover what it takes to successfully convert a sloop or even a ketch to get most, or maybe even all, of the benefits that we ...

  7. What's in a Rig? The Cutter Rig

    The Cutter Rig. By: Pat Reynolds Sailboat Rigs, Sailboats. What's in a Rig Series #2. A variation on the last installment of What's in a Rig (the sloop) is the Cutter Rig. Although it has gone through some changes through the course of history, the modern cutter rig is generally a set-up with two headsails. The forward sail is called the ...

  8. Offshore Log: The Reefing Staysail

    Although commonly referred to as a cutter rig, it's more properly called a double-headsail rig on most boats. A cutter rig implies, among other things, that you normally sail with two headsails: a jib and a staysail. In most cases, boats with a double-headsail rig use one headsail at a time: the big reefing headsail on the headstay, or the ...

  9. Sailboat Cutters: The Ultimate Guide

    The Cutter Rig: The cutter rig distinguishes itself by featuring two headsails. An inner forestay equipped with a smaller headsail (known as a staysail) in addition to the genoa or jib. This rig offers increased sail area and flexibility in sail combinations, enabling sailors to adjust to varying wind conditions more effectively.

  10. Why CUTTER rigged sailboats are the BEST! [Q&A]

    In this weeks Q&A we answer the following questions:00:41 - What are our thoughts on sailing the Central American coast?02:02 - Would we buy a Catamaran04:56...

  11. Virtues of a Cutter Rig, by Lin and Larry Pardey

    Preview: Our Favorite Sailing Rig: The Cutter, by Lin and Larry Pardey. Email this Post to a Friend. F or any sailing boat under 45 feet, nothing beats a properly-designed cutter rig, especially if you sail shorthanded. By properly designed I mean, having a staysail that is large enough to be used as the only headsail in winds above 20 knots.

  12. CRUISING SAILBOAT RIGS: Sloops, Cutters, and Solent Rigs

    Cruising sailors once upon a time preferred such rigs, at least on larger cruising boats, because each separate sail requiring handling was smaller and thus more manageable. These days, however, by far the most popular rig for both racing and cruising sailboats is the simple sloop rig. This has a single mast supporting a single Marconi mainsail ...

  13. Cutter-Rigged Sailboat Definition: Everything You Need to Know

    A cutter-rigged sailboat is a versatile and elegant type of sailing vessel that offers sailors a range of benefits and capabilities. With its distinctive rigging setup, the cutter sailboat has long been favored by sailors for its maneuverability, stability, and ability to handle different wind conditions. In this comprehensive definition, we ...

  14. Cutter

    Cutter Rig. Mast height and sail area above is for the carbon mast. Aluminum mast: height - 25.4 m / 83.33 ft; Upwind sail area - 168.4 m² / 1,812.6 ft² ... The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.

  15. Cutter Rigged Sailboats

    A cutter rig sailboat has two headsails instead of just one. The jib is located forward and is either attached to a bowsprit or the bow. The inner sail is ca...

  16. Tacking with a cutter rig

    Loonsong has the "cutter" rig plus a 110 genoa. I think tacking a bigger genoa would indeed be impractical, as the 110 is a challenge. For 75% of my sailing I wish I could detach the inner forestay and make tacking the genny easier. However, Loonsong came to me with dual roller furlers, which I also really like, so I live with the tacking issue.

  17. New to cutter rigging, question.

    The cutter rig is not known for being close-winded. In light air and working upwind making multiple tacks, the cutter rig is less desirable. The inner forestay increases windage and the staysail cannot be efficient, working in the narrow slot, backwinded by the larger yankee. The inner forestay makes tacking the bigger sail a real chore.

  18. How to Sail a Cutter Rigged Sailboat

    3. For making the cutter more versatile in rapidly changing weather conditions, multiple headsail configurations should be used. Consider sailing on the jib and dropping the staysail if a strong wind picks up. 4. The best way to avoid turbulence that is often caused when the staysail tends to create a layering effect on deep reaches, robbing ...

  19. Revisited The solent Rig

    The Solent RIG. The principal difference between a cutter staysail and a Solent jib is that, unless a hurricane is blowing, the staysail is not big enough to power a yacht upwind alone, but a Solent jib is a full size working jib. The sail area of the Kraken 50 Solent jib is 52.6 m2. If we cutter-rigged the K50, the staysail would be 25.5 m2.

  20. Bluewater Cruising: Cutter Rig versus Solent Rig

    Unlike the cutter rig, it is not intended for both headsails on a solent rig to be flown at the same time. That said, it is possible to use twin headsails (which help to steady the boat) to sail dead-downwind, with one sail poled out to starboard and the other to port. This is one of the major advantages of the solent rig.

  21. Yena

    Tacking a Slutter without rolling genoa in and out again. Note how the genoa lays on the staysail foil after the tack. Great for shorter legs but on a long t...