How to "maximize" the front sail ( roller furling ) - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-08-2009
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 270
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
SpcAlan1 is on a distinguished road
First off.. WOW.
Thanks for the indepth explanation.

I do have 2 'blocks' on each side. One is very large and one is very small.
I have only used the larger ones. I have contemplating using the small ones to backfeed my boom when running downwind ( which I havent tried yet ).

So I need to move my 'blocks' up to be in the middle of the front sail?
I did this on Saturday in very light winds, and had my front sail with a big 'pocket'. it was so far out, my girlfriend ( who knows less than me said.. is that a spinnker sail? ). I said no, but it was so far out, I could see how she thought it was.

I am going to look online for some diagrams to "dialing' it in.

I do agree it is much easier to be "showed" instead of "telling".

Thanks for the help.

I am just tired of being on the boat, feeling the wind, and boats are blowing by me, and me not knowing what I can adjust to 'maximize' the given wind.
( this happened all day saturday ).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 09-08-2009
GeorgeB's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
Posts: 1,721
Thanks: 1
Thanked 48 Times in 47 Posts
Rep Power: 11
GeorgeB is on a distinguished road
Iím assuming that both blocks are on the same track and the larger one is in the front? That one is called the fairlead and that is the one you move around to make all of your adjustments. The smaller one to the rear of the track is to provide a fair lead into the winch on the cockpit coaming. And you position this one so you donít get sheet overrides on the winch. It never moves after that and plays no role in sail trim.

Are you able to trim your genoa so that all tell tails are streaming straight back? I suspect that you might have moved the fairlead so far forward that it wasnít doing its job at all and you didnít have enough tension in the genoa sheet to trim the sail. You can move the fairlead too far forward or too far aft. If you are new to sailing, move the fairlead so the sheet evenly bisects the luff and use your sheet to get the tell tails streaming (you are actually changing the sailís angle of attack). Master this, and you will be equal to half the sailors out there. Then move on to the fine tuning aspects trim.

A 150 genoa overlaps the main by a considerable amount and if you are not trimming just right, it will also disrupt the airflow over the mainsail as well. Your 110 lapper jib is a much easier sail to trim and learn on. You may want to practice on that one even though it is slower in low winds than being frustrated with the 150 (because it is much more sensitive to trim). A lot of trimming is done in inches or fractions of inches. And remember, it takes lots and lots of practice to master the nuances of trimming so go out there and sail!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message 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

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Traveler question sohi07 Learning to Sail 11 10-21-2006 11:47 AM
Sail Repairs at Sea Brian Hancock Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 09-22-2003 08:00 PM
Installing Roller Furling Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 08-09-2002 08:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:06 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.