Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Windy Wyoming
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What sort of jib does your new boat have? Hanked on, or roller furling? I got a bit spooked trying to wrestle the wire-luff jib onto the furling spool solo, esp. in forward or side winds. Since my Bucc18 is a fractional rig and has a big honkin' bow eye just forward of the jib/stay attachment, I've begun using a safety forestay for mast stepping. Just a 1/4" line from the cockpit, over a cheek block at mast top, and down to that big eye. I pull on it as I walk the mast upright, cleat it off at mast base, then attach & tension the jib in a leisurely manner. For now, I'm leaving the cord on as a redundant forestay; could also use it to hoist the spinny. Should I ever grow cajones big enuf to try that.
(Given how today's sailing went, that may be awhile.... Suffice to say 35+ winds and singlehanded Buccaneers do not mix.)