On a 29ft boat the headsail is rather small so "foam luff padding" is really not necessary. It is used on much larger sails
to take up some of the "body" of the sail as it is wound around the furler
- - Sewing on "luff tape" to accommodate your new roller furler
is not difficult. It just takes a strong sturdy sewing machine
. Likewise, the "Sunbrella" sun cover is a variable based on the distance measured around the outside of the rolled up sail (plus a little). It can also be sewed onto the sail by using a good sewing machine
. But beware you need to use Sunbrella and acrylic
or better "sail" thread. Check out "Sailrite" for supplies.
- - If your boat is a "racer" and not strictly a cruising boat then you will loose a little performance by sewing something - sun cover - onto the surface of the sail. And the added material also changes the weight distribution on the sail. Then maybe a "sock" cover as suggested by others might be a better solution. Just like a "spinaker sock" it rests below the roller furler
and is hauled up the furled foresail.
- - And if the boat is small - there is not reason you cannot "haul down" the sail after the weekend (or whatever) sail is over and store it in a sailbag. Then you have the utility of being able to roll up the foresail when you stop and anchor
, but when you get home you can take the sail down and put it below decks. Best of both worlds . . .