furling headsail performance???ideas - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 02-15-2011 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Unhappy furling headsail performance???ideas

I have just purchased a 41 foot yacht with furling headsail, I need a headsail which is somewhat durable, but with performance.
Dacron loses shape? what about sail cut? is there a material you can wrap and leave around a furler without breakage?
pointyend is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 02-15-2011
Just another Moderator
Faster's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 18,865
Thanks: 141
Thanked 513 Times in 487 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Roller furler headsails are pretty much standard these days. Equipped with proper UV protection, most do leave them rolled up between uses, unless put away for winter.

I'd guess the large majority are dacron exc for racers, and nowadays sails hold up pretty well. Sailing with a partially rolled up sail will not be ideal, esp to windward, but many do it. Ideally you'd change to the proper sail for conditions but the reality is that few truly do that often. Some sailmakers make headsails with shaped luffs and foam pads to try to enhance the 'rolled' shape with varying degrees of success.

For a 41 footer, depending on the rig you might find you'll do well with a nice 110 or 120% jib rather than a 150 that often gets installed, esp if the boat's reasonably powered up rig-wise. Tacking is much easier and once you get to 8-10 knots of breeze generally that's enough headsail, and reefing the main will not be required so soon.

The systems are quite reliable now, and the convenience is very nice to have.


1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Difficult headsail roller furling bobmorning Gear & Maintenance 7 08-24-2010 10:41 AM
converting a furling headsail to a hanked on headsail mrkeith Gear & Maintenance 6 02-15-2007 02:36 PM
Furling Headsail SunnySideUp Gear & Maintenance 2 07-22-2006 10:00 AM
Headsail Roller Furling lyonsfin O'Day 0 07-04-2006 09:44 PM
Headsail furling: Best practise DirkJ Learning to Sail 3 07-29-2002 10:37 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome