Originally Posted by nccouple
Any trailerable sailors using a roller furling jib? Seems to be an easy and inexpensive set up. However the complications of raising and lowering the mast seem to be the issue. Would love to hear how you overcome this. Thanks.
I added one to my Wayfarer. I used the Harken small boat furler which has no foil, it just uses the wire luff of the jib. You need a jib with the luff wire stitched in. Raising and lowering the mast was easy as the jib halyard was internal to the mast, and came out of the mast inside the boat. Therefore all you had to do was stand in the boat, raise the mast, then pull on the jib halyard and cleat it off.
The Wayfarer was designed for 'shooting" bridges, where you need an easily lowerable and raisable mast. You were supposed to be able to sail towards a bridge, drop the mast at the last second, pass under the bridge, then put it up, all from the cockpit while steering. I never tried this!
When towing I would lash the jib & furler to the mast.