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Old 22-07-2010, 17:05   #1
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Identify My Mystery Sail

after a year of owning the boat, we just found a heads'l tucked away that i didn't even know i had

ran it up though, and i'm a little confused by it.

it's cut like a storm jib (probably 65%) however, it's got two clew grommets and along the second clew grommet is a row of reefing points.

i dunno what exactly to make of that one... could it be an old hank on sail that was refitted for the roller? is that even possible? to be completely honest, i'm not even sure if or how hanked on headsails are supposed to reef, so maybe that's a dumb question.

or maybe there's some top secret way to reef a roller furled sail (other than rolling) that i'm not hip to?

sorry not to have a picture- meant to snap one but forgot.

anyhow, if anyone's got a clew (since i've got two, apparently) lemme know what you think.
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Probably a reefing point. Move the sheet up, tidy the foot with a small line. A furling storm jib is a bit of an abomination, in my opinion.
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Old 22-07-2010, 17:41   #3
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Might be a bonnetted jib.
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Old 22-07-2010, 17:47   #4
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i just googled "bonnetted jib" and came up with nothing (except an OUTSTANDING photo on page two of the google images tab - i highly recommend it )

can you enlighten me?
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It's essentially a jib that you can reef to itself along the foot. From the Pardey's book: Amazon.com: The Cost Conscious Cruiser (9780964603653): Larry Pardey, Lin Pardey: Books

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Used to have something like that on my old Tayana 37 - it was a staysail which could be reefed on a clubfoot boom (just like a main sail), making the small staysail even smaller.

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