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Another noob question jib and roller furling

So how do you put a jib sail on? I know how to work a boat with roller furling but have know idea how to setup one with out.

I found a few boats without roller furling. Easy to install one?
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Re: Another noob question jib and roller furling

You really want roller furling, if you plan to do any cruising. Otherwise, you have to hank the jib on and have it bunch up on the foredeck, ready to hoist. That's where it goes when you're ready to drop it as well, which means someone is out there doing it each time. It gets wet, you should really take it off when you go home. A furler is easier to reef as well, in a pinch.

They're not hard to add, but will be expensive compared to buying a boat that already has one.


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Good to know. So no boat with out one already.

That someone would be me. No way my wife would go do that. I might even have a hard time getting her to drive.
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Good to know. So no boat with out one already.

That someone would be me. No way my wife would go do that. I might even have a hard time getting her to drive.
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Re: Another noob question jib and roller furling

Pass on boats with no roller, there are too many boats out there.
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Re: Another noob question jib and roller furling

Hank on sails are great. They are my preference on boats up to around 30'. They take a little more time to put away at the end of the day, but they allow you to pick the right sail for the wind conditions. You can find used ones in excellent condition for low prices because so many people upgrade to roller furling. On a smaller boat the sails are easy to handle.

Adding roller furling to a 25' boat is about $2500 for a good furler unit (like the Harken Mark IV) and a new sail. Converting old sails is rarely worth it. You can do it more cheaply with a lower end furler like the ones from CDI, but they don't work very well.

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Re: Another noob question jib and roller furling

Hanks are fine, I had them on a previous boat and I single-handed it in all sorts of conditions. Better sail choice, better sail shapes. A downhaul is quite useful I found.
I heard good things about the Alado furlers, never tried one myself, and the they are very well priced.

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So how do you put a jib sail on? I know how to work a boat with roller furling but have know idea how to setup one with out.

I found a few boats without roller furling. Easy to install one?
You attach it to the forestay with the "hanks" on the sail. Attach the jib halyard to the top end of the sail (the narrow pointy end) and attach the sheets to the "clew" of the sail (bottom back end of sail). Run the sheets back to the winches (sassy looking women) by the cockpit, same as a roller furling setup. Use the jib halyard to raise the sail when you're ready to use it.
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I heard good things about the Alado furlers, never tried one myself, and the they are very well priced.
They have the same "problem" (from my point of view) as the CDI furler. The halyard is integrated into the furler, so you can't use a winch to get proper luff tension and can't really use luff tension on the fly to adjust sail draft.

That design makes them cheaper to manufacture because you don't need the top swivel.

Personally I'd rather have the hank-on sails.

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