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Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
I have wondered about the safety of a roller furling jib in heavy weather. At a minimum, you have greater windage and weight aloft and if it begins to unfurl, you can have a serious problem on your hands.
I have thought about this also. If it happens, you will just need to deal with it. I think the roller safety aspects out weigh a hank on jib safety issues in heavy seas. I think you just need to pick the worse of two evils. Seeing all single handed non stop round the world racing sailors use rollers says a lot for their safety. I think if maintained well, they have excellant reliability record. I would not give up my roller for a hank on. I think I can deal with any failure of the systems that I might encounter. Although I would like to add an inner forestay that I can use with a hank on jib if the roller fails me.

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