For those who haven't noticed my utter lack of seamanship/boating sense in my previous posts, I've just bought and am attempting to make sea-worthy a 1987 36' BR designed one off ketch
So the lady friend and I want to check the sails
, sail covers, etc. Even though we're still on the hard
I say what the heck, it is after all much more fun than cleaning
out a black/oily foot of water
and floating roaches in the bilge
that's been sitting there for two years.
We put on the mizzen, looks good, cover it, great.
We put on the main, looks good, cover it, great.
We get to the furling jib
. Now I've chartered boats up to 46' with these and I've never had any problem. But I've never taken them off or put them back on, and the J-22s I summer on don't furl. But instead of being a wise chap with a head
on his shoulders I assume I can figure out the simple thing, get the sail up, furl it and be done (the sail bags were taking up a ton of room below deck).
I take the jib halyard
in my left hand in the pic below and connect it to the jib and start hoisting the beast up the furling
tube, all the while having taken a picture of the two big things in the foreground of the picture so as to come back here and say "what are these and how do they fit in with the roller-furler?"
The jib raises nicely to about ten feet from the top of the furling tube. Assuming it to be weight, I grab a winch
handle for the resistance. After cranking away for another five feet I hear a little pop and look up. I see the jib halyard
twisted around the furling tube a couple times and all of a sudden it dawns on me! ****, those things in the foreground of the picture are to keep THIS EXACT THING from happening, I was supposed to connect the jib to the lower one and the halyard to the upper one.
Okay, no problem right? I'll just lower the jib and start over. Wrong. That pop was the f*&%$ng halyard being forced off track by my winching and the pressure of the twist (I assume). Sunuvabitch won't come down!
Long story short, it takes ALL of my 205 pounds of *muscle* to wrench that thing down over the span of about forty minutes, inch by inch. At about ten inches from where I can grab it I rip the sail (almost brand new, by the way) about an foot down the luff edge.
So now I've got a ripped jib and a jib halyard that I can neither raise nor lower...
So do I:
Gorilla glue the end of the luff edge and hoist the lady friend up in the bosun's chair in hopes of re-tracking the halyard or...?
On the plus side, I've been working on this boat for a whopping three days and have managed to make it this long without messing things up this badly, so I've got that going for me.