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Thinking about systems backing-up systems, is it possible to have a split drum jib roller furing that can be removed in the event of breaking/malfunction, then go back to a hanked-on jib sail?
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If your furler breaks you can always raise and lower the sail in the luff groove. If you want heavy weather backup you could get a small storm jib with luff tape to fit on your extrusion. An inner forestay that take a hank on jib is a sure fire solution but is expensive to retrofit properly and is a real pain to deal with 99% of the time when you don''t need it. If you sail coastwise I wouldn''t bother with that option.
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The trick is to figure out about three hours before you need to that you have to take down the roller-furler jib and put up the other one. After the wind has piped up is not the time to have to do this. If you can arrange to be 99% right with your timing, NOAA could use you.
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I guess my question was misunderstood. I was thinking more in the lines of; IF I am at sea and my roller furling breaks, IS it possible to have a back-up jib using a regular hanked on sail? Time probably won''t matter. Just looking for system back-up information. Thanks ! Dave
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Jib back-up

Sure but not with hanks. One set up that I have seen uses webbing loops that go around the headfoil. These can actually be used when the sail is fed into the luff bolt rope track as a way to keep the sail in control if you are doing a sail swap. Even if the furler fails there are things that you can do. I have removed the sheets and sailed in circles to unwrap or wrap a sail on a jambed furler. Once unfurled you can drop the sail to the deck and just use the luff track to raise and lower sails. It is unlikely that the halyard would jamb once the sail is unrolled.

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