Rigging & Sails

Hello World has a convertible cutter rig with roller furling genoa, roller furling staysail and roller furling main. All sail control lines are run back to the cockpit. The genoa, staysail and main can all be flown, sheeted and stowed without ever leaving the protection of the cockpit enclosure. Sailing is easy. Which means you’re much more likely to sail. Which means you spend a lot less time listening to the engine. On an ocean passage, one person can handle all three sails while staying clipped in inside the confines of the cockpit.


We replaced all the sails in 2009 with a brand new suit from UK Halsey. We chose their bluewater package with heavier construction and stitching, UV protection and with heavier dacron weights.

  • Roller furling 130 genoa – 7.3oz dacron
  • Roller furling staysail – 10.3oz dacron
  • Roller furling main – 9.3oz dacron

Stowable Staysail

Hello World‘s roller furling staysail is mounted with a pelican hook. The entire assembly can be removed from the foredeck and quickly stowed back by the mast. For upwind sailing, this makes tacking significantly easier. On ocean passages, we stowed the dinghy on the foredeck so we stowed the staysail back to give us more room to lash the dinghy down securely. But most importantly, rigging a hammock is much easier without the staysail in the way.

Roller Furling Main

We were not initially very excited about Hello World‘s in-mast furling main. We’d heard about the sail shapes being not great and jamming problems can happen. We ended up buying the boat anyways because we loved everything else about her and thought we could deal with the main. As it turns out, we ended up loving this in-mast roller furling main and I’ll tell you why.

60 seconds.

That’s the amount of time between when Christy says “I think we have enough wind to sail.” and when the main is out, filled with wind and the engine is shut off. There’s no finding your sailing gloves, heading out on deck, climbing up the mast to get the halyard attached, jumping the halyard, and hoisting the main. Nope. In fact, we don’t have to leave the protection of the cockpit enclosure because all of the sails control lines (except the rigid vang) are led back inside the dodger. That means we sail more because sailing is easy. Reefing is just as easy. And in a lively seaway, sailing is significantly safer as we can stay clipped in inside the protected cockpit. One person can also handle all the sail controls while on-watch while the off-watch person sleeps (we have an offshore rule that if the off-watch person is below-decks the on-watch person doesn’t go outside the cockpit).

We learned that in-mast furling mains jam when being furled in because the belly of the sail is blown out. With our new sails, we’ve never had a problem furling or unfurling the main.

Mast Refit

In preparation for our Alaska cruise and thinking we may one day sail the south Pacific, we pulled and refit Hello World‘s rig from soup to nuts. We repaired or replaced just about anything connected to or inside the mast to ensure we’d have no problems with equipment that would be really difficult to fix in remote places. Below is a short list of the work we did. If you want a more comprehensive list of the work we did during the refit, read this page and this page from our maintenance log.

  • replaced all standing rigging with new 1×19 stainless wire and swaged fittings
  • replaced all halyards and most other running rigging
  • pulled and inspected chain plates
  • installed new whisker pole track and mounting car to stow pole against the mast
  • added a new backup main halyard
  • added a new whisker pole topping lift
  • replaced all halyard sheaves and sheave boxes
  • replaced wiring conduit with new PVC riveted to mast section
  • replaced all in-mast wiring
  • pulled main furler and serviced
  • serviced jib furler drum and swivel
  • serviced staysail furler drum and swivel
  • cleaned up any galvanic corrosion and mounted all stainless hardware to the aluminum mast using isolation tape
  • installed new LED foredeck light
  • installed new LunaSea LED tri-color/anchor light with light-sensitive switch (which means you turn it on when you go cruising and turn if off when you’re done cruising, the anchor light will come on automatically when it’s dark)