Originally Posted by adjo
I wonder why you would even consider it for normal sailing?
Good roller reefing is so reliable and effective for most conditions.
A heavy weather jib
hoisted on a removable Dyneema
inner forestay is an excellent option for close-hauled sailing in strong winds when a deeply furled Genoa
(or Yankee) becomes inefficient.
My detachable inner forestay goes to the masthead so no need for runners etc. When offshore
and not tacking continually I set it up with the sail ready to go, flaked in a bag that is secured on the foredeck. Theoretically it could have the sheets
pre-set through dedicated sheeting blocks.
Here's a few reasons:
1) The boat
already has a Hank on jib and the owner doesn't want to buy a roller reefing system and new or mod'd sail which in all would cost many thousands of dollars.
2) Roller reefing effectively prevents you from being able to drop the sail single
handed if you cannot roll it in for some reason. This is because the luff is completely free when dropped and the sail can easily go overboard
and catch water
, unlike a hanked-on jib which is much safer to drop. (see pic of full crewed boat
unable to drop roller reefed sail)
3) Roller reefing systems destroy the shape of the sail when reefed compared to a slab reefed jib.
4) Roller furling
systems are more complex and more likely to fail. We have had our furling
line break at 2am in 30knts and went from a double reef to full 130% genny with a bang! That was a wet, dangerous trip to the bow to figure out and implement a solution to furl the sail back in. If it were hanked on, we could have just released the halyard
and it would have come down safely. That's not possible with a roller furling
An inner stay is a whole new sail, stay, hard mount on deck
modification. That's not the point of the OP's question.