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Riding Sail -- Use and Sources

Nov 23, 2020
20
Hunter 45DS Seattle
Hello all -- My boat (a 2009 Hunter 45) tends to dance quite a bit at anchor. I rigged lines to the chain and each of the bow cleats and that helped a bit. Doing some more digging, I learned about Riding Sails. My two questions for the forum are:

1. Have you tried a riding sail and if so, did it work?
2. Do you have any sources for riding sails?

On the second question, I have found a "DIY" version for about $100 and ready-to-go for over $700 so quite a variance. Our boat does NOT have a backstay so anything we use will have to be rigged to the topping lift.

Thank you in advance,
Sean & Lori
Halayah Rhea
Seattle, WA
 
Oct 22, 2014
15,699
CAL 35 Cruiser moored EVERETT WA
You can invest in a riding sail, I suspect the Sailrite kit is a pretty good DIY package. Or you can try out just about anything to get an idea how it would work. Even a pair of grand ma's bloomers hanging from the topping lift will give you an idea of the affect it will have. I would think about a piece of tarp folded and tied onto the boom/topping lift would be enough to give you an understanding of the function.

The issue is all the free board the boats have. They function as a sail.
 
Jan 11, 2014
7,634
Sabre 362 113 Fair Haven, NY
I built a SailRite riding sail a few years back. It is a pretty easy afternoon project. So far it has spent about 10 years sitting on the boat in the sailbag taking up space.
 
Nov 23, 2020
20
Hunter 45DS Seattle
Thank you ALL for the replies.... Can't say I'll be strapping a set of Grannie's bloomers to the boom any time soon, but if the need should arise, it's a good backup.

Save travels to everyone!

Sean
 
Apr 11, 2010
852
Hunter 38 Whitehall MI
I use a FinDelta riding sail and it works great On my 38.
you might want to do a search in the archives as this topic has been extensively discussed and there are some other very helpful suggestions.
 

Tom J

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Sep 30, 2008
1,956
Catalina 310 Quincy, MA
I have used a riding sail to good effect. It is a plain sail, made by ATN I believe, and not the delta sails shown here already. I have experimented with another aspect of anchoring that has actually cut down on the swinging quite a bit, even without the riding sail. Instead of running the nylon bridle directly from the anchor chain to the bow cleats, I run the two nylon lines through the bow roller and then to the cleats. The lever arm of the bow roller ahead of the hull seems to be effective in dampening swings.
 
Mar 26, 2011
2,909
Corsair F-24 MK I Deale, MD
Using your topping lift to attach a riding sail is a good plan. Sailrite sells a kit for $108 Anchor Riding Sail Kit (12.5 sq. ft.) - Sailrite

You can buy one here for $455 FinDelta #2 "Classic" Anchor Riding Sail for Boats 33 to 46 Feet (bannerbaymarine.com)

Photos of a riding rails rigged on Hunter sailboats:

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BUT, you are comparing a product that is many times more effective. Not apples to apples.

(I have tested them side-by-side.)
 
Dec 29, 2008
797
Treworgy 65' Custom Steel Pilothouse Staysail Ketch St. Croix, Virgin Islands
running the nylon bridle directly from the anchor chain to the bow cleats
Making one bridle side shorter than the other, so that boat stays to one side, will stop it from sailing back and forth.
 

Tom J

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Sep 30, 2008
1,956
Catalina 310 Quincy, MA
Making one bridle side shorter than the other, so that boat stays to one side, will stop it from sailing back and forth.
True, but the boat will tend to sail to the side, maybe too much in a crowded anchorage. We tried this technique on a commercial boat during a tropical storm, but it exposed too much of the side of the boat to the wind, and we had to center the bridle.