Originally Posted by crazyoldboatguy
. It sounded like one poster had a roller furler
on one of the stays. Not sure why you would do that - most furling
foils have 2 slots, no need for a twin headstay.
It's a somewhat outmoded way of doing things what with the advent of twin track furler
foils. It is perfectly serviceable if installed correctly.
Just noticed this interesting point, yes the furler
has twin slots, but I am buggered if I can work out how you'd get two sails
on it at once without a lot of messing around. The halyard
that pulls the foresail up the furler is a single
item, one end goes up as the other comes down. The whole lot rotates with the furler. Might be an older system? I wondered if somehow you are supposed to haul one sail up the slot while the other is coming down.
Seems silly to me, but I don't have the sort of experience to evaluate it.
Anyway, having an extra forestay gives us much flexibility, particularly on our cutter
rig as we can run the staysail from the forward forestay. Or, if we were caught out in the back of beyond, easily obtain an old sail with hanks to get us on our way again if we blew out one of the furler sails
. I like it, it's very quick to hank on a bit of extra canvas
as needed, and flexible. Just so flexible.
Wish I could figure out the whole twin slot on the furler though...