I'm not cheap
. I'm frugal, darn it. I can't afford to be a "West Marine" kind of sailor. I'm more of an "Ace Hardware" fellow. That said, I'm working on a DIY roller furler
for the headsail on my 22' Westerly Cirrus. I know there are some who will be tempted to scold me for making something as important as this out of plastic, but this is what my budget
allows this season. So....
I've seen plans and videos all over the web for these gizmos and all are fairly straightforward, but only a few have foils over the headstay like my design. Basically, it's a roller at the bottom followed upward by a pvc pipe foil with a slot cut all the way to top for the sail's bolt rope
to slide up. I've removed the sail's hanks. My back yard testing shows the sail sliding easily up the foil without binding. With the load spread down the length of the foil when fully extended - and it does fit snugly into the slot - I don't expect the force to be enough to rip the sail from the foil. (My bolt "rope" is actually steel
cable. The sail came off of an older style non-foil furler
To reduce halyard
wrap at the head
, I've put a sliding collar over my foil that will attach to the head
of the sail and will carry the sail to the top. I've added a "cap" at the end of the foil to stop the collar at the top, and there is a good quality swivel on the halyard
Outside of the expected comments about risking my life, has anyone else done or seen this type of project
? I'm not looking to be talked out of it, just looking for a little advice on design (especially the halyard wrap issue). This is not a world cruising craft, and I'm not prone to going out in fierce winds, etc.
Ok. Loins are girded. Sock it to me.