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I think the roller safety aspects out weigh a hank on jib safety issues in heavy seas.
Not sure about that. Assuming you reef at the proper time, it shouldn't make a difference whether you've got roller or hank-on headsails. And once the proper time has past, if you're planning on rolling up the jib instead of taking it down, now you have the weight/windage/unwinding problems to potentially deal with.
Hank-on fans might say that the ease of maintenance of a hank-on system outweighs the roller system's benefits
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
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