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Re: Yet another roller furling question
The pennant attached to the head of the jib is to avoid the dreaded 'halyard wrap'. Without it, the halyard swivel would be at the top of the jib, leaving a long stretch of halyard parallel and close to the foil. When you furl the sail there are long odds that rather than swivel, the halyard will wrap around the foil, making it impossible to fully furl the sail.
With the pennant attached the swivel goes to the top of the foil, and the halyard has a shorter, better angled approach, limiting halyard wrap.
Thank the PO for adding it!! It's a good thing.
btw you could swap it to the tack of the sail, allowing the sail to ride higher and improve visibility if you wanted.
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