I have one of those archaic Schaffer Rig furling
systems that I hear many people frown upon, but it's done me well for 31 years and I like the option of dropping it quickly or hanking a sail on with it as those would do with a Solent Rig. The old Schaffer rig is a furling genoa
drawn up on a wire rope
separate from the headstay. It doesn't produce as tight a leading edge and is not a performance plan, but it's been good for me.
Today, while we were crossing the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina
with about 10-15 off the beam I noticed that the luff looked a little slack so I winched it up tighter. When I did this several peices fell from the masthead and this one remained on deck
You can see it's a plastic peice of the block that accepted the wire rope
from the pair of blocks at the head
of the sail. The other one is metal. I'm amazed that this one has lastest 31+ (maybe 42 years) at this service
I like my Schaffer rig and I'm not going to replace it with a traditional furling rig because I would lose my "second stay" and the option to hank on a working jib
with my self-tending club foot jib
So, I'm thinking of replacing this current
broken block and exchanging my wire rope spliced to line on the Schaffer rig with all dynema. ... but then maybe this would not work because the leading edge of my genoa
likely needs the stiffness of the wire to furl with the bearings at the tack and the head
. I think I could keep the wire luff on the genoa and still raise the rig with the dyneema
. Maybe my simplist choice is the keep the wire to line splice and the wire luff inside the genoa.
What do those keep on the luff of those code zeros that are flying separate from the headstay? Something like dynema?
My simplest fix will be to replace this broken piece with a metal block and continue as in the past 31 fully functional years.