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Old 07-11-2018, 16:54   #1
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Jib feeder size problems

I'm calling this a jib feeder ?

This one measures 6.1mm at the exit point on both canals.

It came with the boat and fits the stay nicely, it looks used, but my jib cord doesn't fit. Close but it's too tight to pull through, 1/4" (6.35mm) would probably be a closer fit.

Before I open this one out, how close a fit should it be or am I doing something wrong.

The advice from the chandelier was to pull the cord out of the sail and run a smaller diameter cord through, sounds pretty sketchy and I won't be doing that.

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Does it matter which runner I choose to run the jib up. Port or starboard?
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Re: Jib feeder size problems

Should be able to use both doesn’t matter which one there only both used when you put two jibs up for down wind sailing
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Re: Jib feeder size problems

I got a luff rope feeder with my furler too, to be honest I've never even tried using it. I guess it could be useful if you're trying to put a sail on in strong wind single handed, but I've never had a problem getting ours on.

If the rope fits the furler, I sure as wouldn't be changing it for a smaller one!
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Re: Jib feeder size problems

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Should be able to use both doesn’t matter which one there only both used when you put two jibs up for down wind sailing
Thanks, I'm not likely to put two jibs up. I seem to come home into the wind mostly and mostly on a port tack so I will feed it on the starboard runner. might make a difference ?

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I got a luff rope feeder with my furler too, to be honest I've never even tried using it. I guess it could be useful if you're trying to put a sail on in strong wind single handed, but I've never had a problem getting ours on.

If the rope fits the furler, I sure as wouldn't be changing it for a smaller one!
Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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Re: Jib feeder size problems

I have a hell of a time feeding the #6 luff bead into my ProFurl furler. Very hard to get it to make the transition from the grooved SS feeder into the extrusion. Once past the junction have to use the winch all the way up hoisting the sail. It's the same with two different sails from two different makers. First time I changed a sail was afraid sail wouldn't come down but was able to pull it down though there was resistance. Wouldn't want to have to change the sail with the wind blowing hard.

The sail om my other boat has a smaller diameter luff bead and feeds into the furler without any problems. Have managed to get the luff bead to pull out of the feed though haven't had an issue with it pulling out under sail.
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It shouldn’t matter which groove you use. If the luff rope doesn’t fit I suggest you talk to your sail maker about changing the luff rope or see what alternative he/she can suggest.
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Re: Jib feeder size problems

Is this sail new to the boat?


You will not be able pry it open since it is a cast filling, and the i.d. should be the same as the i.d. of the furler extrusion.


Luff tape comes in three sizes, #5, #6 & #7 (mm). In my sail loft we often have to swap them out for the appropriate size if changing boats or furlers
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Re: Jib feeder size problems

There aren't many sizes of luff tape that I am familiar with. Virtually all sails that I've used on a variety of boats are #6. Apparently there are sizes from #4 to #8, but I am not sure how this correlates to metric or fractional dimensions.

The fitting you show appears to be investment cast SS, which would be very difficult to open up to a new internal diameter. I think you have an incompatibility which requires either a new luff tape on your sail or a new feeder. Without the feeder, does the sail fit in the furler?

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Re: Jib feeder size problems

Thanks all, problem solved. I honed the feeder channels out, works a treat.
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