Re: Reefing Roller furling jib
Is your sail and furler designed for reefing? Some are and others aren't. I have a UK 140% genoa that is designed for reefing. It has foam luff and mark on the foot to show me when the sail is reduced to a 100% jib. The foam luff is designed to make the middle of the sail furl faster to reduce the draft and make the sail more efficient when reefed. I don't think it works as well as a real 100% jib but it's better than no foam at all.
Most 'single line' furling units can be reefed. Some 'continuous' line units can't because the line can slip on the drum. So take a look at your gear and decide.
I like the ability to easily reduce the headsail from the cockpit. Just bear off, roll up the sail until it's a 100%, cleat the line, and sail on. Sometimes I adjust the job cars, other times I just deal with it. It basically depends on how long I'll be on that particular course.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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