Caliber 40 cutter
with two roller furling sails
Genoa 654 sq feet hoists on forestay with Profurl
Code 0 800 sq feet hoists on a internal luff line and uses Harken furler
I use a dedicated #6 Harken single
speed winch (little itty bitty thing) for controlling the furling line on the way out. I single
hand a lot and putting one wrap around the drum makes it much easier to keep the appropriate tension on the furling line as it goes out.
The furling line comes aft and goes thru a Lewar rope clutch
and then leads to the Harken winch just aft of the wheel
When furling either sail I use the Harken as a turning block to lead to the place I like to be in the cockpit
. If I have waited too long to furl (wind is a little more than useful) I put a wrap around the drum but still furl by hand.
There have only been a couple times where I needed to use the winch handle in the Harken winch to retrieve the furling line.
3 AM 15 miles off shore headed north in the Sea of Cortez
. I had the 120% genoa furled to 100% as we (the boat and I) blasted along on a close reach in 25 knots gusting to the high 30s. The wind
was hot and offshore
with almost no seas so the boat was doing a steady 7.7 - 8.3 knots and the sailing was a hoot.
I had been underway alone for 20 hours and was tired. The wind increased to a steady 35 and I went to furl to 90% in the 3 AM darkness. I ALWAYS close the sheet stopper on the furling line after I use it. But, nope this time I had just cleated the furling line so when I undid the cleat, ASSUMING, the sheet stopper would hold - the sail suddenly and violently unfurled to it's full glory in 35+ knots.
I then used the little Harken to refurl the line to the proper 90% setting. Eventually I had to use the Harken as a turning block and lead the furling line to the lewmar
44 genoa winch. The flapping sail was just too much for my tired brain to deal with.
End of stupid single hander sailing yarn!