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c&c 33 storm jib

I recently purchased a c&c 33 from 1976 (awesome boat) and I am looking to get a storm jib for it. I was thinking of going with one of the around-the-roller-furling jibs.
A friend of mine recommended running a storm jib from the halyard for the toping lift for the spinnaker pole halfway up the mast and to the block where I would run the foreguy. Is that a recommended use for that equipment? Does anyone have other recommendations for sq footage or diminesions?
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I have not used one of the gale-sail setups but would imagine it would be a pretty tough task when the conditions would warrant using it so I can see why you are considering the alternative.

I would want to be certain that the pad eyes on the mast and deck are up to the task since the loads from the storm jib would be significantly higher than from the pole lift. With the jib just being tightened by a fairly small winch you would not get very good luff tension.

You might want to check the Bacon Sails website, they have a formula for calculating the size of storm jib you would want. They also have one for sale since used storm jibs are almost always in excellent condition (they rarely if ever get used!)
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