Originally Posted by drew23
(...maybe make a new thread, I don't mean to hijack your thread)
NAhhhh...it's all part of the package Drew
Basically you have a swivel you attach to the halyard
and then attach that to the top of your sail and hoist the sail up regularly with out attaching any hanks. You tension it as tight as you can. You have a drum at the bottom between the tack of the sail and the deck
When you are done you roll the puppy up! You can then drop it, it comes down in a nice tight roll. You can attach another sail and hoist it the same way. On My Searunner
I ended up rolling up my drifter (pictured) my Genoa
, and my Yankee. So all 3 sails
are now bagged. they take up much less room in the bag.
The difference as I understand it (I have never had roller furling) is with a roller furling
your headstay has a foil over it, and you slide a sail up the foil, and roll it up or unroll it. And you can reef it too.
The round' world racing
boats are using continuous line furlers. If you google
it you can see up to 5 of them all the way up the deck
. The amazing thing this is also what they use for stays. With the right ropes in the luff there is plenty of strength I am sure.
I have yet to modify my headsails that way. I need to remove the hanks and put a piece of Dux in the luff, so I can get maximum tension without hurting the sail. I may do the Dux part and leave the hanks as they have not been any problem.
If there is any problem you can always just drop the headsail. I know if the rolling furler get screwed up you can have a mess of a time getting it down.
Also with a Tri or Cat you can locate the drum any place you like. Out on a bow sprit, out on another ama ect.
i want to get a smaller one for my staysail. I figure it is my "get out of a fix" sail, like getting woke up in the dark with a bad wind. The Searunner sails
very well with just a staysail.
That is about all I know. I love mine so far....:-)
A few shots of mine. Also one of the sail rolled and hanging there, anchoring
off a rock island that is a small fishing
Last I looked Colligo was running a special. Even the regular price
is half what the big names are I think.