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Old 30-06-2008, 17:06   #1
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Hello Again,

My boat came with 2 headsails. The other day I wanted to hoist the bigger of the 2 sails. So I took the first sail down but there was a really hard spot where the furler car got stuck and I had to yank down on the sail.(Furler car: don't know the proper name but its the piece of the furling unit that slides along the forestay when hoisting the sail). Then I hoisted the other sail and I discovered that it does not reach the top. It's about 4 feet down from the top and interestingly enough, that is roughly where it was difficult to pull the first sail down.

So, what I thought might of happened is that the PO go a sail that was not made for this boat and he used it anyways. I think it might have been fine without a furling unit. But because of the "metal track" (metal cover that is over the stay) and a sail that did not reach the top, I think it might of put a small bend in the "metal track" due to the uneven distribution of the load.

I'm lucky that it still works fine with the exeption of that hader yank while hoisting or lowering.

Does my theory sound right?
Does a headsail on a furling unit need to reach the top regardless of it's size (110,130,150)

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Old 30-06-2008, 19:11   #2
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Smaller sail can have a shorter hoist.
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Does my theory sound right?
Does a headsail on a furling unit need to reach the top regardless of it's size
It may be true it would take ann examination to really see it. Yes the sail normally reaches the the top. The percentage is coverage of the triangle. So a high clew covers far less and extends aft less. You migt however use a very tiny storm sail that does not raise very much at all.

Are you sure the other sail is not a staysail?
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