I'm thinking of removing my CDI Furler. But let me explain myself before being seen as a heretic!
Last weekend, I took my new boat,(a 1995 Catalina 250 WB - Don't laugh. The price was right!) out for her maiden voyage. I'm a new trailer sailor, and am learning to sail her on Lake Mead. As I was raising the mast, I noticed that the luff extrusion on my CDI was really warped and bent. Warped to the point that I had to loosen the backstay almost as far as it would go, and wrestle with the furler to get it hooked up.
After tensioning the backstay and upper and lower shrouds, the luff extrusion still was warped. After I got everything hooked up and tensioned, I went ahead an launched (a different adventure all together!
) I motored around for a bit, and finally put up the boom and bent on the mainsail. I went forward to bend on the headsail, and it wouldn't go all the way up, possibly because of the bend, or an obstruction in the extrusion. That was pretty frustrating!
Overall though, the boat behaved well, the wind was light, which was good for a newbie like me, and there were no nasty surprises (although I see a centerboard cable replacement in my future). But that darned furler!
Some background: Before I rescued her, this boat was sitting in a storage facility on her trailer for almost 5 years. Original owners, beautiful condition and one heck of a steal!
But she had been neglected. The reason, I believe, that the luff is so screwed up is that it has been sitting in the Las Vegas sun and heat, and has taken on a permanent bend.
The admiral is getting tired of all the money being spent on outfitting the boat at this time, so, I had the harebrained idea of just removing the furler and perhaps waiting until I can afford a new luff extrusion or furling unit. I also think that a standard headstay would be a little easier to deal with on a trailer sailor. The added benefit would be that I would gain the experience of dealing with a hanked-on headsail.
But, this leaves me with a couple of questions: Would it be foolish to go without a furling jib as a new singlehander? And, more importantly, is it possible to convert the headsail to a hank-on without sending it to a sail loft or spending ridiculous amounts of time and effort?
Thanks, and sorry about the long-winded post!