Originally Posted by downeast450
I attach the down haul to a small brass ring I sewed just below the top hank. Not to the head. This allows me to pull down on the head. I tried running the line through the hanks but there is not enough space and it would chafe badly. I sewed rings below each hank. Half inch brass rings I purchased from Sailrite. I adjust the tension on the sheets depending on conditions and am usually controlling the halyard's release as I pull on the down haul. Both lines run to the cockpit. Having the sheet tight places everything securely on the deck.
This set up has made my single handed management of the head sails very simple, convenient and safe.
That's nice! does it interfere with the aerodynamics of the jib though, right along the luff like that?