Originally Posted by Flem.S.Coyle
If you ever get the photo-posting hiccups fixed, I'd really like to see how this works. I did finally get my instructor/NorthSails dealer to look at the boat and he dismissed the notion with a "pffft".
He also said $3200 for a new furlable gib, before the cost of the furler
itself...so there's that.
Go with a cheap experiment
until you find out what you like, want, or need.... I got pics of the drum somewhere lemme look... Capn'F is on his boat so maybe he could snap a few shots for ya...
It's simple... Easy... and CHEAP
... I honestly bet for under $500, you could have a put together furler
system with a used headsail...
Just about any drum will do... length of 1/4" wire, loop on each end, used sail, sew a pocket on the luff, thread the wire, sew the ends tight, swivel for the top, raise it with a halyard
Or... there are plenty of used furlers with foil extrusions to go the standard bolt luff route
Lots of advantages and disadvantages with both systems... but beats headsail wrestling matches on the foredeck any day... (for me anyway)