One of the problems I’ve had with the spritsail is that it’s a little hard to get hoisted and set up correctly. The main issue stems from the fact that the snotter (which pulls the sprit up to tension the head of the sail) fouls on the sail’s lacing. What I’ve been doing is to hoist the sail, attach the snotter to the correct location on the mast with a rolling hitch, slip the notch on the sprit into the peak lacing, reeve the snotter through the sprit tackle, and finally tension and cleat it off. While all this is going on, my boat is banging itself into the dock or the sails are getting caught against the top of pilings. Clearly there must be a better way and eventually I read about a brail line which bundles the sail up against the mast. This will allow me to row out a bit before unfurling the sail and hopefully save my paint job.
Currently I’ve only tried this without the boom because I need to reshape the jaw/boom connection a bit. But I expect I can just push the boom up by hand while I’m brailing up the sail and wrap the brail line around it to bundle everything together.
After reshaping the boom jaws so they don’t chip the varnish off the mast, I tried the brail line again. It works ok, but there’s still room for improvement. It’s not too hard to hoist everything up and wrap it into a mostly compact bundle, but the main sheet really needs to be untied and taken out of the blocks before lifting the boom up. Perhaps I should make the blocks clip onto the boom with carabiners or something so the mainsheet can be quickly removed yet stay reeved through the blocks.