Latest News: Forums Technical Reefing spars – again! Re: Heylar Reefing & Forestays


Maybe heresy to sailing purists, but if you park up your boat at home with the mast lowered between trips as we do, then you can dispense with the forestay entirely to avoid the issue. We fit the sail/spar prior to raising the mast, and then use the jib halyard to raise/lower it – and keep it up. As Howard says, there’s no harm in keeping the sail on for the duration of the trip.

Think ours is the 1st version of the Heylar and we did sometimes wind the forestay into the sail despite using an old swarfega top as a spacer (CDs certainly have more style Aidan and may work better). As the problem tended only to happen under the most challenging circumstances (!) a solution was definitely needed.

– Rory