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Old 28-02-2012, 19:35   #1
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Furling for Wire Luff Jib

I have a 108 sq/ft wire luff Jib 8oz. that I want to put on a furler (Leech 27'8 - Foot 11'). It seems that I've come to three options.

1: Buy a continuous furler for around $800-$1,000
Facnor FX 1500 Code Zero and Gennaker Furler (Max. sail area 590 ft.) at Mauri Pro Sailing

2: Buy a small boat drum furler for $221 (Anyone use this one?) Ronstan Large Above Deck Jib Furler 114mm: Sports & Outdoors

3: Make one myself for ~$120 with a long 1/2" D shackle, a swivel snap shackle, and some strong plastic sheets/layers for the drum. In this the only stress on the plastic would be in the form of rotation. The D shackle would connect directly to the snap shackle.

I am open to any other suggestions or modifications to the above three options


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Old 29-02-2012, 02:25   #2
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Buy a conventional furler and have the jib modified for a bolt rope.


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Old 29-02-2012, 04:08   #3
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Re: Furling for Wire Luff Jib

a) For the home built unit think about the upper swivel too.

b) If the Ronstan unit is up to the job, it looks decent value against the homebuilt option.

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Old 29-02-2012, 04:20   #4
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Re: Furling for Wire Luff Jib

aussie home built boats do this a lot with the ronstan furler and top swivel,though most use a foil as well.

some people even make up their own drums as well but fit roller bearings as friction is an issue.
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Old 29-02-2012, 04:24   #5
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Re: Furling for Wire Luff Jib

what load through the luff? do you have an inner forestay as well? you need bearings to take the load on the swivels. i think a machinist could turn one in aluminium on a lathe to fit a bearing to [replacing swivels]. its not hard to make your own. remember you need a similar fitting at the top...
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Old 29-02-2012, 05:52   #6
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Re: Furling for Wire Luff Jib

Another option would be the following:


Look specially to STG 3T & 4T model
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Old 29-02-2012, 06:16   #7
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Re: Furling for Wire Luff Jib

I made one for our trailer sailer. Not sure it would work on a larger boat but it should. The big thing would be getting it on. Here is a lil vid of it in action.


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