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Simple small boat jib down haul?

I have a Hurley Silhouette sailboat. First boat. Looking to learn. A jib downhaul would really help my single handing. I thought this might be a good first rigging job for a newbie. How do I do it?

I don't need to run anything to the cockpit. The boat is only 18 feet and I do my sail handling at the mast by stepping into the boat and standing at the mast. So I think I can just rig it to the jib and need it run to the mast right where my jib and main halyards are cleated.

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Re: Simple small boat jib down haul?

Very simple. Attach a block to the bottom of your forestay and run the line from top of the jib through it into cockpit. Keep it taut or it will get tangled when tacking.
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Re: Simple small boat jib down haul?

So from the top of the jib through the block and back to the mast (which is practically the cockpit in my boat!). What is the best method/location to attach the downhaul? Weave it through the hanks? Attach it with a bowline to the same grommet as the halyard?
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Re: Simple small boat jib down haul?

On my 22' Starwind I just attached it with a bowline to the same grommet as the halyard. I don't weave it through the hanks, I just let it fly. I attached the block onto the turnbuckle that attaches the jib to the forward chainplate. It's so cool how something so tiny can make such a huge difference. I sailed the boat for a couple of years without it and laughed out loud the first time I pulled the jib down without going forward


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Re: Simple small boat jib down haul?

On my old 24' I wove it between the hanks to stop it flying loose in the breeze. Also, tie it to the last hank and not the head of the sail, it can cause the head of the sail to twist and jam up when you pull on it, whereas pulling from below it works all the time.

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Re: Simple small boat jib down haul?

I would tie it to the top hank or one or two down from the top. The 2-3' of sail that's still up doesn't catch much wind, and as PV said, it keeps it from getting jammed.

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Re: Simple small boat jib down haul?

And where do people bring it back too?

One of the advantages of no furler is having no lines running around the deck. I have some interest in trying this but have a hard time picturing where it would run.
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Re: Simple small boat jib down haul?

Mine was run back the cockpit, along with all halyards, the whole point of it was so that I didn't have to leave the cockpit if things got a little snorty - get close hauled, back the jib to get it over the deck, leave the sheet tight, pop the halyard and pull the downhaul to get the jib on deck and under control safely and quickly.

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Re: Simple small boat jib down haul?

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And where do people bring it back too?
I usually cleat that downhaul line on the same cleat my jib uphaul line is on.

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