Originally Posted by SAOIRSE419
Hello all. I am fairly new to ocean sailing (2 years). Prior experience was lake sailing until I discovered the advantages and pleasures of ocean sailing. I have a Moody 419 CC, which I fell in love with. Lots of space, sails
like a charm,, and meets my criteria to be 2x size of the biggest sharks in the area. <g> .
the ropes- so to speak - sailing off the coast of New England
waters along Maine
, NH, and MA Cape area. Near future plans for NY and FL, and ultimately the Caribbean
. Hope to learn a few things from some of the more seasoned sailors here.
I stumbled onto this site looking for information on storm jibs and am finding that opinions vary. At this time, not doing any long ocean voyages or plans to sail in hurricane
winds, however, would like to be prepared if caught out in a storm unexpectedly, At the moment just using rolling furling/reefing sail when needed and do not own a storm jib
. Would welcome any feedback.
Howdy and Welcome Aboard the Forum Saiorse!
Since you have your own (big) boat, you are ahead of a lot of the members and visitors here, including me.
You asked about a Storm Jib
Given the remarks I have read on this forum, it appears most boats do not have a storm jib
and if they have one they never use it or rarely use it at all.
But, for a passage-making (ocean crossing) boat, I would have one.
Here are my thoughts for what I would want if the storm hits and it is time to use a storm jib:
1. high cut
2. Orange color would be my preference, but not absolutely necessary
3. Heavy cloth with heavy duty stitching (necessary)
4. Put it on an inner stay (even if that is temporary) rather than on the forestay. Use a secondary halyard
5. Secure the primary jib with additional ties that are tight and tied with a good knot
that will not come undone in high winds.
Others will have different opinions. As I always say, you can take my comments with a splash of saltwater, but that is what I would do.
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