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What is a good low cost furler for a 24 foot boat (6000 lb displacement)?

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Re: furler

Hanks.

Furler upgrades aren't low cost. You'll need a new jib and probably a new forestay as well. The furler is less than half the cost of the system.

A jib bag is a cheap upgrade to a 24' boat that makes handling the jib easier (you can flake it on the foredeck) without the costs of furlers.
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Re: furler

Harken makes a lower cost option...ESP is it? And then mark iv is the more racey, foil one. You could investigate harken options.
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Re: furler

There is some stuff online for building your own furler, basically you find some good swivel hardware and then build yourself a drum to fit on it. Could be doable for a 24' boat, not sure I'd want to try it much bigger than that.

Doing a jib bag (sailrite kit, or roll-your-own) could be nearly as good a solution if your real goal is getting on the water quick.
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Re: furler

mainly concerned about bringing jib down while single handing in heavy weather. am working on putting jack lines together.

will look at Harken and jib bag options.

are the DIY ones pretty robust if done right? is there something about the manufactured ones that cannot be replicated?
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It's all about the quality of your swivel - that's what's carrying the forestay tension.

A furler is not a perfect heavy-weather solution; can't easily furl the jib when it's under pressure.
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@zedboy, if you were singlehanding in heavy weather, would you go with the jib bag or the furler?

what the cost of the parts add up to, approximately, for a DIY?

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Re: furler

I can't answer that - I've had the luxury of knowing when it's going to be nasty, and putting on the 85% blade at the dock. My old boat was about the size of yours. When it got really nasty out, I stayed put :-) though it did sail alright under storm jib and mizzen. No chance of making much way to weather like that.
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Re: furler

When single handing your success at sail handling is going to rely more on early weather prediction and early sail handling than anything else. Reduce sail before it is a necessity. Rolling up a furler in heavy conditions is extremely difficult. Sometimes it tempts you to use a winch on the control lines which puts high loads on the rigging. Where are your halyards tied off? At the mast? It would be easy to place the bag, free the halyard and quickly pull down the jib. If necessary, quickly lash sail on deck to secure until conditions improve and you can stow the sail. My vote is on the bag.

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My gear has proven it self to furl correctly in anything we care to sail in while allowing a balanced easy to handle boat
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