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post #3 of Old 06-09-2003
maxcontax
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Mechanical difference between roller furling and reefing?

On my little boats, furling gear had a swivel at the head of the jib, attached to a wire cable along the luff edge to a furling line at the tack: if you partially furl (reef) with this, the load on the sail will torque the luff edge wire and the sail will unfurl. Roller Reefing has a solid bar along the luff edge that will not twist under load, allowing for partial jib sail plans. Mechanically, that was the difference.
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