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Old 25-12-2010, 18:18   #1
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New to Headsail Reefing

I have a Swiftsure33 that presently has old hank-on headsails. I single hand most of the time in Georgian Bay. Many of the roller reefing systems sound similar. What is good eqpt and what has a bad reputation, what is the best for a 33 foot 1960 classic. Sailor Simon
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Old 25-12-2010, 18:50   #2
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Storm jib here for $300 with hanks. Haul down your working jib or genoa (using a downhaul can help speed up the process), then hoist a storm jib. Call Minney's if you're looking for good used sails. I've bought and sold with them before and have had excellent results.

The strong suit of roller furling is not reefing. They can be reefed but it's hardly optimal.

The Pardey's do a trick with a bonneted jib. Essentially a jib with eyelets reef points on hanks. You downhaul it a few feet to the reef point, secure the new tack and clew, and bundle the excess with ties.

It might sound complicated but there's a hell of lot more going on with a roller furling system than a bonneted jib or hanks in general.
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