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Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by oldsailor7, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. freddyj
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    freddyj Senior Member

    No, the furler is not attached yet:) I'm still trying to decide if I am going to use it or go to a hank on jib. The furler looks pretty old and decrepit. I'll post a close-up to get your opinion.
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  2. Tom.151
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    Tom.151 Senior Member

    Freddy, the boat is coming along beautifully - congrats.

    For hanked-on jibs, well for blades anyway, I have tried rigging a downhaul to really get control of the jib. It worked very well on some of my boats, less well on others, but usually did what I needed.

    I did that because I sailed engine-less and solo, and when anchoring or picking up a mooring in crowded anchorages, one needs to be slow and need to reliably & quickly tack -- and under those constraints I preferred the mainsail to using the jib because my jibs never were self tacking. Of course none of this works if you keep the main-sail sheeted hard when tacking - it will weathercock the boat (almost) every time - but you only have to ease the main a few feet and just for a few seconds.

    Just running a light line from a cockpit cleat that leads fair to the the fore-deck to a smallish standing block (the spring-base type) directly in line with the sail hanks, then up thru each of the hanks up to where ever along the sail luff that will work. easy enough to test from the cockpit when at a mooring or at anchor. Just keep a little tension on the halyard as you take in the down-haul line - easy enough, but different for each boat.

    Some boats or some jibs at some times would not work well enough with the down-haul rigged at full hoist -- but even at 75%/65% it worked well enough to do the job. At least for me - trapping the majority of the bulk of the sail down to the deck - with the down-haul on tight and the jib sheet fully snugged (keep in mind this is happening at very slow boat speeds) it kept the head sail from (over)powering the boat.

    Congrats on the great progress.

  3. bruceb
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    bruceb Senior Member

    Fred, Tom has lots of experience, and likes simplicity- and it has worked well for him. Take note :)
    I have set up and/or repaired quite a few furlers, and for most purposes prefer them. IMO ;). I have had properly sized and set up Harken's on both my 24 and my 33, and I really like "instant" reefing or furling with them. My local area (and most of the southern US) has frequent afternoon and evening thunderstorms and I have often kept sailing safely by reducing sail area as necessary, all without going out of the cockpit. When I am racing, we roll the jib after we launch the spinnaker. Tom has a good point on picking up a mooring with the main. I often have to come a long side of a dock, and my usual method is first dropping the main and using a partly furled jib as power and rolling it at the last second to stop. As they say, it depends.
    I have had good luck purchasing used furlers and reconditioning them as necessary. As long as it still has parts available, almost any proper sized one will work fine with a jib as small as the 24 uses. One designed to reef as well as furl gives the most advantages.
  4. redreuben
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    redreuben redreuben

    Bruceb; could you name the best, the medium and the stay away from brands for us please
    I sail on a Corsair and he is looking at top down furlers for an asymmetrical.
    I have little experience with furlers of any description.
  5. bruceb
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    bruceb Senior Member

    Hi Reuben, I am about to leave town for a few days so when I am back next week, I will try to give an opinion on furlers. Size and intended use does matter, what size Corsair is this for, and which headsails and size of them do you want to furl? And expected sailing conditions?

  6. bruceb
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    bruceb Senior Member

    Reuben, I am back, More info?
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