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What is a self furling jib?

I have just recently got in to the sport and bought a Catalina Capre 14.2 and am still learning. I was wondering what a self-furling jib is and how to use it. If anyone has some imformation I'd be glad too hear it.
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It's a system designed to furl the jib.
At least by design anyways........
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o thnk that this might refer to a roller furling mechanism on the jib forestay. If there is a round drum of some kind just above the deck, and a line coming out of a hole in it - then you have a roller or self-furling jib.

It is a device that lets you roll the jib up around the forestay when you are not using it to sail. if you pull on the line that comes out of the drum, then the sail should roll up around the forestay. If you pull on one of the jib sheets (the lines that are attached to the jib at the bottom) then the sail should unroll...

Check out the following website for more information and owner's forum...

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Catalina Capri-14.2 specs, photos, and reviews
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I've heard of roller-furling jibs, but not self-furling jibs... I've also heard of self-tacking jibs.

A self-tacking jib is a jib that is setup so that you only have one sheet lead to it, often it is on a boom or has a small traveler mounted across the foredeck. This allows the jib to "self-tack" when you tack the boat, meaning that you don't have to free the windward jib sheet and take up the leeward one.
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A self-furling jib is a jib that's only furling itself. It thinks it's going somewhere, it has big dreams and struts around bragging, but it's only furling itself, and no one else.

Or not. I could be wrong.
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My jib has been known to unfurl itself, but has never been self furling
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Some are self distructructing.
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