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Ini­tially I was de­ter­mined to have a cut­ter rig on Aven­tura IV, but was even­tu­ally per­suaded that a frac­tional rig with swept-back spread­ers would be more ef­fi­cient than a stan­dard cut­ter rig. In­deed, the So­lent jib per­formed very well when close-hauled and the mast was also much bet­ter stayed than on the pre­vi­ous Aven­tura. But I still in­sisted on a split rig, with a stay­sail set on an in­ner forestay to be used in stronger winds. It was a good so­lu­tion and re­in­forced my con­vic­tion that the flex­i­bil­ity pro­vided by a two-fore­sail con­fig­u­ra­tion is a ma­jor ad­van­tage on any boat over 40ft.

While set­ting up the run­ning rig­ging it is a good idea to have a close look at the ex­ist­ing deck lay­out and the run of the var­i­ous sheets and lines, which should have a clear un­ob­structed run back to the cock­pit helped by turn­ing blocks at crit­i­cal points. As to hal­yards, the mast should have enough ded­i­cated chan­nels for spin­naker and fore­sail hal­yards, and their back­ups. On Aven­tura IV, the main­sail hal­yard was of Dyneema non-stretch ma­te­rial and I de­cided to have the boom top­ping lift from the same ma­te­rial so as to have a per­ma­nent backup for the main­sail hal­yard. I al­ways pre­fer to have two spin­naker

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