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Old 06-03-2014, 07:48   #61
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Re: Aloha, Y'all

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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)
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Oh, don't mistake my rig for anything fancy! It's not a Solent rig or any manner of dual headstays. My roller furling system is simply the old Schaffer furling system that is pulled up on a wire halyard. It suits me well as a cruiser and not a close hauled performer. My system is considered antiquated by most, but I can drop my wire-rope furler in a sudden blow or to reduce windage aloft in a storm and hank on a storm jib or simply hank on a working jib while the furled genoa is left up.
Flem... This is the beauty of the system....
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